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Ski jumping legend Kasai sets 2 new world records

Ski jump legend Noriaki Kasai smiles as he shows off certificates for his two new Guinness World Records at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium in Chuo Ward, Sapporo, on Jan. 31, 2016. (Mainichi)

SAPPORO -- Ski jumping legend Noriaki Kasai has been awarded two new certificates by Guinness World Records -- and announced birth of his first child.

    Kasai, 43, received certificates for two records following an award ceremony of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Sapporo at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium in Chuo Ward, Sapporo, on Jan. 31.

    The two records were set for "the most appearances in FIS Nordic World Championships by an individual ski jumper" -- 12 times between 1989 and 2015 in the biennial sporting event -- and "the most individual starts in FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competitions" -- 488 times between 1988, when he was 16, and Jan. 6. This record increased to 490 following the Jan. 31 event.

    These latest two records brought the total number of Kasai's achievements recognized by Guinness World Records to five.

    At the ceremony, Kasai announced that his first child, a daughter, was born on Jan. 30 -- after his ailing younger sister Kumiko passed away on Jan. 13.

    "It may be tough on my daughter if I call her the reincarnation of my sister. I'd like to take good care of my daughter and my family and devote myself (to ski jumping) to live up to people's expectations for me as the winner of these awards," he said.

    Kasai took third place in the Jan. 31 world cup, rewriting his own record by reaching the podium at the age of 43 years, seven months.

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