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In the large hill event, Nieminen was supreme. His nearest challenger was another teenage star – 17-year-old Austrian Martin Höllwarth. The pair were first and second after the opening jump, but Nieminen had jumped more than a metre further and held a handy lead. Höllwarth produced another great jump in the second round, but then watched in astonishment as Nieminen soared more than six metres beyond his mark to win the gold medal by a huge margin.