First win this season for Kamil Stoch

15 December 2013 16:41
Simon Ammann, Kamil Stoch, Noriaki Kasai
Simon Ammann, Kamil Stoch, Noriaki Kasai -

World Champion Kamil Stoch had an impressive performance in Titisee-Neustadt and celebrated his first win this season ahead of Simon Ammann and Noriaki Kasai.

With 142.5 m Stoch led after the first round, 138.5 m in the final and amazing 300.7 points earned him the win, 7.8 points ahead of Ammann. The Swiss earned his second podium finish of the weekend after third place on Saturday and is peaking just in time for the 4-Hills-Tournament. He posted jumps of 142.5 m and 141.5 m. Only 0.9 points behind Ammann, Noriaki Kasai was third with 139.5 m and 137.5 m. It's the first podium finish for the 41-year-old since 2010. 

It was definitely a good weekend for Stoch: "I'm very happy about my result. The level was very high, almost all the athletes jumped on similar distances and I really had to give my all. Now I'm looking forward to the competitions in Engelberg, this is one of my favorite hills." 

Ammann was self-critical after the competition: "I had a good feeling at my final jump. Not only the distance, but also the landing must be good and I had problems with that yesterday. Although I showed the longest jump, I still have room for improvement. I can still jump a bit better and I hope that I can show this in Engelberg and at the 4-Hills-Tournament."

For Kasai this podium result was a positive: "I'm 41 years old, so I'm a bit older than my colleagues, but I still feel young. I have a lot of experience and this helps. I was often injured in the past years, but I always came back and maybe I'll still be jumping ten years from now. The Japanese team has really improved, maybe we can win one day - hopefully at the Olympic Games."

Norwegian Anders Bardal was unlucky, missing the podium by only 0.2 points with his jumps on 139 m and 142 m. Seven points behind Bardal, Janne Ahonen, record champion of the 4-Hills-Tournament, was fifth, his best result since his comeback. Taku Takeuchi ended in sixth and Daiki Ito was seventh.

For the third straight time, Gregor Schlierenzauer missed the podium. After fourth place on Saturday, the overall World Cup leader, shared eighth place with Severin Freund, the best German, on Sunday. With Richard Freitag in 11th, Marinus Kraus and Michael Neumayer in 13th and the 18th place for Andreas Wellinger followed by Andreas Wank (20th) and Karl Geiger (23rd) the whole German team scored World Cup points, but missed the podium in front of a home crowd.

The first round was clouded by the fall of Thomas Morgenstern. The Austrian, Saturday's winner, was taken to the hospital in Freiburg for further medical evaluation. Austrian head coach Alexander Pointner Morgenstern said Morgenstern was responsive, but complained about pain in his whole body. He also suffered cuts on his chin.

The Austrian athletes didn't have much reason to celebrate. Stefan Kraft was 19th and Wolfgang Loitzl 25th. The Slovenian team was also out of ceontention. Peter Prevc was eleventh and ski flying World Champion Robert Kranjec was 16th, Jurij Tepes 24th.

Besides Bardal, only one other Norwegian qualified for the final round, Anders Jacobsen in 17th. Jan Matura, Antonin Hajek and Jakub Janda (all CZE) came in 26th, 28th and 29th, the best French, Vincent Descombes Sevoie was 27th. Dimitry Vassiliev (30th) scored one World Cup points for the Russian team.