Jumpers of Poland and Japan the best in training
Time for a premiere this weekend: For the first time ever a Ski Jumping FIS Grand Prix is held in Rasnov, Rumania. Because only 41 athletes took the trip to Transylvania, the qualification was replaced with an additional third training round on Friday afternoon. In bright sunshine and with temperatures of about 23°C, the athletes were able to test the hill, which is new for many, under very good conditions.
Olympic champion Kamil Stoch, who returned to the Grand Prix in Rasnov after a break of several weeks, had the best start into the weekend there. With 93.5 m, the Pole had the longest jump in the first training round.
Behind him, the two Kobayashi brothers Junshiro (92 m) and Ryoyu (93 m) and there Japanese teammate Taku Takeuchi (91.5 m) also convinced with strong jumps. Maciej Kot of Poland was not far behind the top either with his jump of 92 m.
Taku Takeuchi then had the best jump in the second round with 89.5 m. The second place went to Poland's Piotr Zyla with 92.5 m, young Austrian Jan Hoerl, who already showed a good performance in the first round with the 11th place, surprised in third with 91.5 m.
Evgeniy Klimov of Russia, currently leading the overall ranking of the Grand Prix, was fourth with 92.5 m. The longest jump of the round was shown by Dawid Kubacki of Poland with 94 m (5th).
In the third and final round, Dawid Kubacki did even better and was the first to reach the 100 m mark on the HS 97 normal hill in Rasnov. This was the third-best performance in this round, only Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi and Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic were better than him with their jumps of 99 m resp. 97 m in slightly worse wind conditions.
Kubacki's teammate Piotr Zyla (96 m) and Stephan Leyhe of Germany (96 m), also had very good jumps. Taku Takeuchi confirmed his consistently strong performance in today's training with his final jump of 94.5 m and the sixth place.
After what could be seen in this official training, it seems as if the jumpers of Poland and Japan are jumping especially well on this facility. They will now have to confirm this impression in this weekend's first competition on Saturday at 3 pm CET.