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Planica: Schlierenzauer Wins First Planica Event with Ease

Planica, 14 March - World Champion Gregor Schlierenzauer won Friday's ski-flying meet at Planica, aided greatly by his spectacular 232.5 metres jump in the first round. Finland's Janne Ahonen took second place, finishing almost 20 points behind the Austrian, whereas Norway's world record holder Bjoern Einar Romoeren was third.

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From left to right: Finland's Janne Ahonen (2nd place at Planica today), Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer (1st place) and Norway's Bjorn Einar Romoren, who took third place on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Norway's Bjorn Einar Romoren on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Finland's Janne Ahonen on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Poland's Kamil Stoch on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Norway's Anders Jacobsen on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Japan's Taku Takeuchi on day one of the ski-flying contest at Planica.
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Austria's Thomas Morgenstern, the world cup winner, on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Japan's Taku Takeuchi on day one of the ski-flying contest at Planica.
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Japan's Taku Takeuchi on day one of the ski-flying contest at Planica.
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Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, the winner of day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, the winner of day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, the winner of day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, flying towards an Austrian record on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Finland's Janne Ahonen, second placed at today's ski-flying competition at Planica.
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Norway's Anders Jacobsen flying towards the bottom of the Planica hill during day one of the ski-flying competition.
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Norway's Anders Bardal during his attempt on day one of the ski-flying competition at Planica.
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