Junshiro Kobayashi wins qualification
Junshiro Kobayashi won the qualification for this season's fourth individual competition in Lillehammer. The Japanese scored 122.2 points with the longest jump of the day on 129.5 m. He came in 0.7 points ahead of team Olympic Champion Marinus Kraus of Germany, who jumped on 129 m.
Anders Bardal was third in front of his home crowd with 127.5 m and 119.3 points. Today was not a good day for his young teammate Johann Forfang, who made his debut in the World Cup and would have qualified easily but he was disqualified because his suit was not compliant to the rules.
Damjan and Schlierenzauer among the best
The fourth place went to Grand Prix winner Jernej Damjan with 127.5 m and 119.1 points. Record World Cup winner Gregor Schlierenzauer followed in fifth with 128 m and 118.4 points. 1.5 points behind, Slovenia's Matjaz Pungertar was sixth with 127 m, his teammate Robert Kranjec came in seventh (114.3 points). Richard Freitag (113.9 points) and Nejc Dezman (113.8 points) were also in the Top 10. Kenneth Gangnes was tenth and also qualified in his first World Cup competition in more than two years. Behind Andreas Stjernen and Andreas Kofler, Vincent Descombes Sevoie also made the cut for the competition in 13th. Daniel-Andre Tande and Jurij Tepes finished 14th and 15th.
USA, Italy and Bulgaria in the competition
The teams of the USA, Italy and Bulgaria will have athletes in the competition, thanks to the good performances of Nicholas Fairall, Davide Bresadola and Vladimir Zografski, who came in 16th, 17th and 20th. After the ankle surgery of Kamil Stoch, times are still difficult for the Polish team. With Jan Ziobro, Piotr Zyla, Klemens Muranka and Aleksander Zniszczol at least three athletes could qualify in 19th, 21st, 24th and 34th.
Wolfgang Loitzl and Taku Takeuchi were among those who failed to make the cut.
Most of the pre-qualified athletes did not jump in this round. Anders Fannemel left the strongest impression with his jump on 134.5 m.
The competition in Lillehammer will start on Saturday at 4:15 pm CET.