Poland's Stoch completes ski-jumping double

International Sports Desk, Feb 15 (EFE).- Poland's Kamil Stoch became the third man in history to win the Olympic ski-jumping double after taking gold in the large hill competition on Saturday at the Sochi Games.

The 26-year-old Stoch snagged the gold with a total score of 278.7 after recording a 143.4 in his first jump of the final and a 135.3 in the second jump.

Japan's Noriaki Kasai, 41, won the silver and Slovenia's Peter Prevc took the bronze.

Last Sunday, Stoch captured the gold in the men's normal hill with a total score of 278.0, easily besting the competition.

He joined Swiss ski-jumping legend Simon Ammann, who won the double at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and again at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and Finland's Mati Nykaenen, who achieved the feat in 1988 in Calgary.

Nykaenen won three gold medals that year because he also was part of the Finnish squad that won the large hill team competition.

The 32-year-old Ammann competed in Sochi for Switzerland, but he finished a distant 17th in the normal hill event and 23rd in the large hill.

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov, meanwhile, won gold Saturday in the men's skeleton event with a time of 3:44.29, while Latvia's Martins Dukurs and American Matthew Antoine took the silver and bronze, respectively.