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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — World Cup leader Kamil Stoch of Poland has taken his hot form into the men's normal hill ski jumping gold medal final at the Sochi Olympics.

Stoch, who already had qualified because he was among the top 10-ranked jumpers on the normal hill going into the event, nonetheless was among the top finishers Saturday in the qualifying round.

Thomas Morgenstern of Austria, who was injured badly in a training fall Jan. 10, qualified ninth among those who had to jump for a spot Saturday.

Michael Hayboeck of Austria led that group.

"I'll do the same as I did now, nothing different, and hope for a medal," Hayboeck said. "I'm self-confident now."

Simon Amman of Switzerland, competing in what he says will be his last Winter Games, is bidding to win a record fifth Olympic gold.

Of the 10 prequalified jumpers, Severin Freund of Germany and Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria had the longest jumps of 104 meters each.

Schlierenzauer, who won bronze in both the normal and large hills at the Vancouver Games, will attempt to win his first Olympic gold on Sunday.

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