Anders Fannemel the best in the qualification
Anders Fannemel bounced back after a bad start of the season and won the qualification for the first individual competition in Nizhny Tagil. The ski flying world record holder jumped on 134 m and scored 122.8 points.
Behind the Norwegian, Dawid Kubacki and Anze Lanisek came in second and third. Kubacki posted a jump on 127.5 m and came in only 1.7 points behind Fannemel. Lanisek followed one point behind Kubacki with a jump on 128 m.
Austrians among the best
Manuel Fettner scored 119.6 points with his 128.5 m and finished fourth, ahead of his teammate Michael Hayboeck. Hayboeck jumped on the same distance, but scored 0.4 points less than Fettner.
Gregor Deschwanden came in on a good sixth place with 115.6 points, Stephan Leyhe followed in seventh with 115.2 points. It was also a successful qualification for local hero Evgeniy Klimov, who was eighth with 114.8 points, Jan Ziobro was ninth with 114.7 points. Jurij Tepes completed the Top 10 with 113.3 points.
Behind Andreas Wank, Ronan Lamy Chappuis qualified for the competition in 12th. Manuel Poppinger, Joachim Hauer and Stefan Hula followed in 13th to 15th.
Positive for Russia: Besides Klimov, five more athletes qualified for the home event with Ilmir Hazetdinov, Denis Kornilov, Aleksandr Bazhenov, Alexej Romashov and Mikhail Maksimochkin in 17th, 22nd, 33rd, 39th and 40th.
Italian Sebastian Colloredo and Kazakh Radik Zhaparov will be competing on Saturday.
Stoch and Damjan out
Double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch surprisingly failed to make the cut. Also Jernej Damjan, who replaces Domen Prevc on the Slovenian team, will only be watching Saturday's event from the sidelines.
Of the pre-qualified athletes, Stefan Kraft showed a very good performance with 136 m. Richard Freitag also did well with his jump on 128 m.
The two overall World Cup leaders Severin Freund and Kenneth Gangnes still have room for improvement with 103.5 m and 103 m.
The first competition in Nizhny Tagil starts on Saturday at 4:00 pm CET.