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    Ski-jumping, and another coveted award for Finland's Veikko Kankkonen. He followed up his success at?

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    Ski-jumping, and another coveted award for Finland's Veikko Kankkonen. He followed up his success at the recent Innsbruck Winter Olympics with scintillating victory today (Sunday) in the Holmenkollen special jumping competition.

    More than 100,000 people crowded the jump site, which is situated just outside Oslo. Eighty-two competitors from all over Europe and the United States took part in sub-freezing weather.

    On film, first down the long, narrow slipway is the American Ansten Samuelsten. A good jump, but not good enough to worry the top stars.

    Keen spectators included King Olav of Norway, Crown Prince Harald and Princess Astrid. A smooth take-off by Germany's Henrik Ohlmeyer, but a faltering touch-down cost him valuable points.

    It was the same story, too, for Jiri Raska, one of Czechoslovakia's four representatives. Sweden sent a powerful contingent, and here's one of them: Oesten Hoernfeldt.

    There to cheer their own countrymen were the Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Valery Bykovsky, both of whom have just completed and eight-day visit to Sweden.

    On with the jumping, this time it's Heribert Schmid from Switzerland. Next - Poland's Erwin Fiedor. Now for the two competitors the crowd have been waiting for.

    First, the Norwegian idol Toralf Engan, whose two jumps of 84.5 metres and 86.5 metres earned him second place and 232.4 points.

    Secondly, Veikko Kankkonen, the Finnish star. Two superb jumps - one 85 metres, the other 87 metres - gave him yet another triumph. His points tally 234.1.

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