Anze Lanisek wins the qualification
Anze Lanisek won the qualification for the first individual competition in Engelberg. The Slovene posted a jump on 133 m and scored 135.7 points.
He came in 0.9 points ahead of double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch. The Pole jumped on 132.5 m. With the longest jump of the day on 135 m and 134.6 points, Joachim Hauer finished third.
In front of his home crowd, Simon Ammann landed on a good fourth place with 133 m and 129.2 points. Slovenia's youngster Domen Prevc jumped on 134 m and with 128.3 points he tied for fifth with Andreas Kofler, who jumped on 130.5 m.
Kasai and Ito improved
The two Japanese Noriaki Kasai (127.8 points) and Daiki Ito (122.3 points) presented themselves in an improved shape after their competition break and finished seventh and tenth. Andreas Wank was eighth with 125.1 points, Tom Hilde came in ninth with 123.9 points.
Manuel Poppinger was 13th, behind his teammate Manuel Fettner and Jakub Janda. Roman Koudelka and Taku Takeuchi followed in 14th and 15th.
Good Czech team
The positive impression of the Czech team was confirmed by Lukas Hlava in 16th. Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes qualified for the competition in 18th, French Ronan Lamy-Chappuis in 27th. The two US Americans Nicholas Alexander (31st) and Michael Glasder (34th) can also fight for World Cup points on Saturday.
Alexander makes comeback
For Nick Alexander this is the first appearance in the World Cup after he suffered a serious knee injury when he crashed in the mixed team competition at the World Championships in Falun.
Kraft confirms Austrian trend
In the group of the pre-qualified athletes, Stefan Kraft had the longest jump with 133 m and confirmed the positive trend of the Austrians. Also Richard Freitag and Kenneth Gangnes showed strong performances with 128 m and 126 m. Freitag's teammate Marinus Kraus surprisingly failed to make the cut in 43rd.
The competition in Engelberg starts on Saturday at 2:15 pm CET.