Half-time lead for Severin Freund
After two of four jumps at the ski flying World Championships in Harrachov, Severin Freund is clearly leading the field.
The German team Olympic Champion scored 391.0 points with jumps on 203.5 m and 191.5 m and has a lead of 10.1 points over Anders Bardal, the winner of the qualification. The Norwegian jumped on 203.5 m and 188 m. Peter Prevc, who was in the lead after the first round with 200 m, jumped on 183 m in the final and is now third.
Kasai and Stoch in striking distance
One point behind the Slovene, Noriaki Kasai is fourth with 187.5 m and 193.0 m. Double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch is fifth with 186 m and 190 m and is currently 27.2 points behind the leader. The best Czech is Roman Koudelka is sixth with 362.6 points. Anders Fannemel follows in seventh with 352.5 points. Dimitry Vassiliev of Russia, who shared the win in Thursday's qualification with Anders Bardal and was fourth after the first round, could not defend this good position in the second round. But the eighth place is still a good result for the Russian.
Austrians not among the best
The Austrians will not be able to fight for the medals. Their best after the first day is Thomas Diethart in ninth with 249.0 points. Poland's Maciej Kot is tenth at halftime. The last three ski flying World Champions lost their chances to win a medal already at the first day of competition. Simon Ammann, Champion 2010, is 16th, 60 points behind Freund, Gregor Schlierenzauer, World Champion 2008, is only 24th and defending Champion Robert Kranjec is 29th.
Moment of shock for Hajek
It's uncertain whether Antonin Hajek will be able to compete on the second day. The Czech, currently 21st, crashed into the advertising board and had to be carried out of the outrun. But after first medical checks it seems that there's a chance he can jump again on Saturday.