Anders Bardal wins in his hometown Trondheim
Anders Bardal won the World Cup competition on his home hill in Trondheim. Andreas Kofler was second and achieved his first podium since December 2012. The third place went to Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai.
Roman Koudelka, who was the surprising leader after the first round, was fourth. His best result in the World Cup in more than two years.
With jumps on 136.5 m and 131 m Bardal scored a total of 269.3 points, 4.4 more than Kofler, and took his second win this season. The 31-year-old was more than happy about the triumph in his hometown: "A dream comes true for me with this win on my home hill, maybe even my biggest dream. Thanks to the fantastic crowd that came out despite the weather. I knew I could fight for the podium with two good jumps and I was able to do that."
For the Austria, who was on the Olympic team but didn't get a chance to compete in Sochi, jumped on 136.5 m and 131.5 m. "It feels great to be on the podium again. My jumps were getting better and better recently and this was definitely my best competition this season." 41-year-old Kasai posted jumps on 135.5 m and 132 m for 261.4 points and came in 1.8 points ahead of Koudelka. With 137 m the Czech was in the lead after the first round, 125.5 m in the final were not enough for the podium. "For me it was a perfect day and a very good competition. I'm very happy about the podium result", said Kasai.
Koudelka surprises - Prevc misses final
Reruhi Shimizu, who won the qualification on Thursday, achieved his best result this season in fifth with 132.5 m and 128 m and 256.6 points. While Peter Prevc, second in the overall World Cup, missed to qualify for the final, Jernej Damjan was the best Slovene in sixth with 249.3 points.
Freund improves in second round
Like Prevc, also Severin Freund didn't have a lot of luck with the wind conditions, but he moved up from 22nd to seventh in final round (248.5 points). World Cup leader Kamil Stoch was ninth in Trondheim with 245.6 points, 2.5 points behind Michael Hayboeck. Anssi Koivuranta completed the Top 10 with 245.2 points. Stefan Kraft in 11th and Gregor Schlierenzauer in 13th also provided a very good team result for Austria, even if the record World Cup winner probably expected more. Antonin Hajek and Jan Matura achieved good results for the Czech team in 14th and 15th.
Good comeback for Tom Hilde
Tom Hilde, who was struggeling with his shape and missed the Olympics in Sochi, had a good comeback in the World Cup in 16th. Lauri Asikainen was the second-best Finn in 17th. Gregor Deschwanden came in 20th, once again ahead of his famous teammate Simon Ammann, who was only 30th. Dimitry Vassiliev, who was on a good seventh place after the first round, lost his chances on a top result in the final. But the 22nd place was still one of his better results this season.
Three remaining contenders for overall title
Kamil Stoch now extended his lead in the overall World Cup to 132 points over Prevc. Severin Freund is now 105 points behind the Slovene. With three more individual competitions left this season, Stoch, Prevc and Freund are the only remaining contenders for the overall title.
The next competition will take place on the Holmenkollen on Sunday, this event will also be the final test for the upcoming ski flying World Championships next week in Harrachov.