Andreas Wank wins this summer's first qualification

30 July 2015 20:27
Andreas Wank
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Andreas Wank won the first qualification of the 2015 summer season. With a jump on 132 m and 135.9 points in Wisla (POL), the German came in ahead of the two local heroes Piotr Zyla and Maciej Kot. Zyla jumped on 126.5 m for 130.5 points, Kot landed at 127.5 m (130.2 points).

Wank's teammate Andreas Wellinger finished fourth with 125.5 m and 127.0 points. Dawid Kubacki completed the German-Polish quintet in fifth with 132 m and 124.9 points.

Constantly changing winds led to a delay of the qualification of almost two hours. It was scheduled for 6:00 pm right after the two training rounds, but could not start before 7:30 pm. At least the weather conditions got better and so the athletes and about 2000 spectators could enjoy almost perfect conditions.

For the first time the crotch length of the jumping suits was measured before the start. A few athletes became a victim of the new rules, a total of eight athletes were disqualified.

It went a lot better for the best Norwegian Johann Andre Forfang, who was sixth with 123.8 points. Also his teammates Kenneth Gangnes and Phillip Sjoeen, who were eighth and ninth behind Germany's Stephan Leyhe, had a promising start of the summer. With Stefan Hula in tenth, only athletes of Poland, Germany and Norway were in the Top 10.

Kento Sakuyama of Japan came in on a good eleventh place, the former 4-Hills-Tournament winners Jakub Janda and Janne Ahonen were 14th and 15th. Thomas Diethart, who also already won the 4-Hills, was the best Austrian in 17th. Federico Cecon of Italy, French Ronan Lamy Chappuis and Finland's Harri Olli could also qualifify for the first individual competition of this FIS Grand Prix.

World record holder Anders Fannemel showed the longest jump of the pre-qualified jumpers with 125.5 m.

On Friday a team competition will be held in Wisla at 8:15 pm CET, the individual competition on the HS 134 Adam Malysz-hill follows on Saturday, also at 8:15 pm CET.