First win in the World Cup for Kenneth Gangnes
Kenneth Gangnes won the second competition in Lillehammer and took his first win in the World Cup. A day after the Norwegian missed the victory by only 0.1 point behind Severin Freund, Gangnes showed jumps of 98 m and 99 m on the normal hill and won with 278.2 points. The second and third place went to Peter Prevc and Johann Andre Forfang.
Gangnes was almost speechless: "I'm lost for words, it's unbelievable that I got my first win in the World Cup. My goal for the season was to be in the Top 20 in every competition and this hasn't changed. We have a lot of young guys on our team with a lot of energy, I think this is one reason for our success."
Prevc jumped on 96.5 m and 100.5 m, he missed his first win this season by 1.8 points. The Slovene said: "To be honest, I'm happy we finally had one normal competition, it doesn't matter if it's on the large or the normal hill. It didn't take more than two hours to carry out one round. I'm really satisfied that I was able to make two good jumps today. Yesterday it didn't go that well for me because I had problems adjusting to the hill. I hope it won't be that windy again in Nizhny Tagil. The competition is really strong, ten guys are always fighting for the win and for the podium, so it's difficult to say who will be on top next week."
Second World Cup podium for Forfang
Johann Andre Forfang came in third with 96.5 m and 99.5 m and 272.5 points and achieved his second podium result in the World Cup. Forfang told: "It feels really good to be on the podium here in Lillehammer. It was a nice competition and the conditions were fair. It was really fun. At first I was a bit disappointed that we didn't jump on the large hill, but it's good that we could have two competitions here."
It was already the fifth podium for the so far outstanding Norwegian team in this season's third individual competition. It almost didn't matter that world record holder Anders Fannemel failed to qualify for the competition. Only the five disqualifications of Norwegian jumpers during this World Cup weekend might spoil the mood in the team of Alex Stoeckl. On Sunday Andreas Stjernen was disqualified. Roman Koudelka showed his best performance of the season so far and came in on a very good fourth place with 96 m and 102.5 m and 269.7 points. Jakub Janda completed the very good result for the Czech team in ninth with 260.6 points.
Strong Germans miss podium
Overall World Cup champion Severin Freund missed the podium for the first time this season, he was fifth with 94 m and 99.5 m and 269.1 points. But still the German team showed yet another strong team performance. With Richard Freitag (263.2 points), Andreas Wellinger (261.2 points) and Andreas Wank (258.1 points) in sixth, seventh and tenth three more Germans were in the Top 10. Michael Hayboeck was the best of an all in all disappointing Austrian team in eighth with 260.7 points. Stefan Hula, who tied for tenth with Andreas Wank, was the only Polish competitor in the final round.
Domen Prevc good again
Domen Prevc showed an impressive performance again and came in 12th. Daniel Andre Tande, the winner of the competition in Klingenthal, posted the longest jump of the day with 103 m and was 13th, followed by 4-Hills-Tournament winner Stefan Kraft and his teammate Joachim Hauer. Simon Ammann got a bit closer to the Top 10 with his 16th place, ahead of Noriaki Kasai. Record World Cup winner Gregor Schlierenzauer was 20th and still has to wait for his first win in the year 2015. Ilmir Hazetdinov was 28th and scored some World Cup points for the Russian team.
Severin Freund wears Yellow in Russia
Severin Freund will also wear the yellow bib of the overall World Cup leader in the next competition in Nizhny Tagil. With 205 points he remains one point ahead of Kenneth Gangnes. Peter Prevc follows in third.