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Sunday, September 29, 2002
Jones edges Spillane for second Cup title

Associated Press

PARK CITY, Utah -- Clint Jones of Steamboat Springs, Colo., had the longest jump of the day to edge Nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane by 3.1 points and win his second Continental Cup ski jumping meet at Utah Olympic Park on Sunday.

In the final round of the two-day meet, Jones, 17, had jumps of 119 and 124.5 meters for 236.8 points. Spillane, also from Steamboat Springs, jumped 120 and 124 meters but received lower style points from the five judges to finish with 233.7.

Simon Ammann of Switzerland, who won both Olympic jumping competitions at Utah Olympic Park last February, was third at 226.8. Germans Kai Bracht and Stefan Pieper were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Visa Continental Cup field of 68.

Gusting winds forced a brief delay as the competition headed into the final 10 jumpers, but stabilized for the leaders.

"I knew I needed a long jump and then I could feel I had a good takeoff,'' Jones said. "This was an awesome competition and then me, Johnny and Simon on the podium is awesome, too.''