Ski Jumping - Hendrickson takes women's gold, Hilde tops men's qualifying

America's Sarah Hendrickson won the women's HS106 long jump gold at the world championships.

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Ski Jumping - Hendrickson takes women's gold, Hilde tops men's qualifying
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Last year's World Cup champion soared 106m in her first jump then comfortably claimed the title, and pronounced herself "super happy".

In the men's event Tom Hilde produced the biggest leap of the normal hill ski jumping qualifying round at the Nordic World Ski Championships to lead the list of those not automatically qualified in Val di Fiemme.

The 25-year-old, who has a best finish of second on the World Cup circuit this season, jumped 103m for a total of 121.3 to top the qualification round, which saw 40 progress.

Japan's Taku Takeuchi was just behind the Norwegian in second after his leap of 102.5m produced a score of 120.7 while Andreas Stjernen matched that effort but was awarded 119.8 for third.

Hilde's effort was also better than those of the ten pre-qualified jumpers with Simon Ammann recording the best distance however like Takeuchi and Stjernen it was exactly 102.5m.

Meanwhile defending individual normal hill world champion Thomas Morgenstern could only manage 98.5m for a total of 110.6 points that placed him 19th out of the 40 qualifiers.

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