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Stoch wins World Cup title

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Nick Hodge 24.03.2014 09:17
Double Olympic gold medalist Kamil Stoch won the overall World Cup title in the men's individual ski jump on Sunday in Planica, Slovenia.

Kamil Stoch in action in the Men's Large Hill individual event on Sunday, Planica, Slovenia. Photo: EPA/Antonio Bat

Stoch's World Cup victory crowns a sensational season for the 26-year-old, having already taken two golds for Poland at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Zakopane-born star has emerged as a worthy successor to retired Polish ski-jumper Adam Malysz, himself a four-time winner of the Crystal Globe.

Stoch was joined by his wife Ewa (pictured) immediately after being presented with the somewhat cumbersome trophy.

“The Crystal Globe is a sweet burden, but not as sweet as my wife's lips,” he joked in an interview with public broadcaster TVP.

Kamil and Ewa Stoch. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz Momot

The Polish star managed a respectable fourth in the final Large Hill individual event on Sunday, but his performance in the penultimate session on Friday had already given him the the unbeatable lead he needed.

After 28 events, which began in Germany's Klingenthal last November, Stoch finished the World Cup with 1420 points.

Slovenian Peter Prevc, who won the Planica event, came second in the overall rankings with 1312 points, while German Severin Freund came third with 1303 points.

The future looks bright for the 26-year-old Polish ski jumper, and his fans will be keeping fingers crossed that he will be able to replicate this season's triumphs. Stoch himself quipped in Sochi last month that “I hope that in 15 years time I'll be lying on a beautiful, sandy beach, making the most of my retirement from sport.” (nh)

Source: TVP, PAP

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