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Kamil Stoch wins men’s normal hill gold at Sochi

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kamil Stoch of Poland made his first Olympic medal a gold one, winning the men’s normal hill individual ski jump at the Sochi Games on Sunday after a stunning first-round jump put him in control.

Down the hill last among 50 starters in the first round, this season’s World Cup leader had a jump of 105.5 meters, four meters better than Anders Bardal of Norway.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia, the 2013 world champion, overtook Bardal in the second round to take the silver. Bardal settled for the bronze.

Simon Amman of Switzerland, the defending champion from Vancouver in 2010 and who was seeking a record fifth Olympic gold medal, finished 17th.

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