Roman Koudelka won the first individual competition of the new season. With jumps on 138 m and 139.5 m the Czech, who already won the qualification on Friday, scored a total of 276.4 points. Austrian Stefan Kraft and Andreas Wellinger of Germany followed in second and third.
Koudelka already lead his team to a good sixth place in Saturday’s team competition. After his first win in the World Cup he said: “I’m very happy about this win. The whole weekend went very well for me. I feel mentally strong and worked hard in summer. Now I hope that I can also show good performances in the next competitions.”
Kraft made amends
Stefan Kraft made amends for the disappointing eighth place of Austria in the team competition. With 142 m and 136 m and 274.1 points he came in 3.4 points ahead of Wellinger. “Of course I’m very happy about the second place today. I was hoping for a good start of the season and it couldn’t have gone any better. Roman was too strong, you could tell that during the whole weekend. It was a well-deserved win for him”, Kraft told after the competition.
Andreas Wellinger posted jumps on 140 m and 133.5 m. It was a good weekend for the 19-year-old. “I’m very satisfied today. My jumps were getting better and better this weekend. The conditions today were very good. I want to thank everyone who worked to prepare the hill. It was a very fair competition.”
Anders Fannemel also showed a very good performance today. With jumps on 143 m and 134 m (268.4 points) the Norwegian missed the podium by only 2.3 points.
Prevc improves his performance
Peter Prevc was able to improve his performance compared to the team competition and came in fifth with 263.9 points. Veteran Noriaki Kasai was sixth with 261.4 points, 5.2 points ahead of Simon Ammann (7th). Markus Eisenbichler had his weakest jump of the weekend in the final round today with 129 m, but still his 250.8 points were good enough for the German to finish on a good eighth place. Michael Hayboeck (249.3 points) and local hero Richard Freitag (248.0 points) came in ninth and tenth.
French Vincent Descombes Sevoie achieved a good result today and finished twelfth, behind Norway’s Anders Bardal. In absence of double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch, who couldn’t compete due to an injury, Piotr Zyla was the best Pole in 14th, right behind Taku Takeuchi. For Gregor Schlierenzauer the season started with a 15th place.
Young Swiss Kilian Peier landed on a very good 17th place. Lauri Asikainen, who could not repeat his strong performance of the team competition, was the best Finn in 19th.
FIS Grand Prix winner Jernej Damjan and 4-Hills-Tournament winner Thomas Diethart were among those, who failed to make the cut for the final. Also team Olympic Champion Andreas Wank of Germany couldn’t qualify for the second round.
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup continues in Ruka (FIN) on Thursday.