Bardal wins 1st ski jump gold at Nordic Worlds

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) -- Norwegian ski jumper Anders Bardal won his first major title on Saturday by taking gold in the normal hill event at the Nordic skiing world championships.

Bardal had the longest jump of the day with 103.5 meters in the first round and finished with a total of 252.6 points. Overall World Cup leader Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was 4.2 points back in second and Peter Prevc of Slovenia was third.

Schlierenzauer's coach decided to start him lower down the ramp in an attempt to pick up valuable bonus points. H was the only top-eight finisher who failed to get at least one jump past the 100-meter mark.

Defending champion Thomas Morgenstern was fifth.