Kamil Stoch gets closer to overall title
With his 13th win in the World Cup Kamil Stoch got another step closer to winning this season's overall World Cup title. Severin Freund and Anders Bardal came in second and third in Kuopio, Stoch's main rival in the overall ranking, Peter Prevc, was fourth.
Stoch jumped on 126.5 m in both rounds and with 262.7 points he finished 3.8 points ahead of Freund. "I'm really happy about my two jumps today. I really enjoy jumping in Kuopio because I like this hill very much. I'm happy about each victory and it gives me more self confidence. I'm not tired, I just started." The German, who is currently third in the overall World Cup, jumped on 127 m and 125 m. "The competitions are on a high level, also after the Olympics. It was an extremely fair competition. I used the few days at home to relax and recharge the batteries. Right now I really enjoy jumping and I don't feel tired." It was my third World Cup podium in a row, it can't get any better.
With 257.6 points and jumps on 123 m and 127.5 m Anders Bardal was third, 7.6 points ahead of Prevc. The silver and bronze medalist of the Olympics in Sochi showed jumps on 123.5 m and 126 m. "It was one of the fairest competitions this winter. The wind was not changing a lot and it was a very nice competition. Kamil Stoch and Severin Freund are almost unbeatable at the moment but I was close today and I feel good", said Bardal.
Ammann getting stronger
Simon Ammann presented himself in an improved shape and with 125 m and 126 m for 249.2 points he was fifth and achieved his best result since January. Best Austrian was Michael Hayboeck, who scored 247.6 points for his jumps on 121.5 m and 128.5 m. Jakub Janda finished seventh, his second-best result this season, with 122 m and 125 m. Noriaki Kasai was not completely satisfied with his eighth place (243.6 points). He probably lost his final chance to fight for the overall title this season. Stefan Kraft (241.3 points) and Gregor Schlierenzauer (240.4 points) completed the Top 10. The fight for the crystal bowl is also over for the record World Cup winner.
Germans with improved performance
The German team showed some improvement in Kuopio. While Severin Freund is on cloud nine since he won the team Gold in Sochi, his teammates were struggeling with their shape recently. Andreas Wellinger in 11th and Marinus Kraus in 16th achieved a good result this time, Richard Freitag was 26th and qualified for the final round for the first time since the Olympic Games.
Larinto lost chance on a top result
After the first round the Finnish fans could hope for something big. Ville Larinto was third with a great jump on 129 m. In the final he couldn't keep his cool and with only 108 m he came in 21st. So Anssi Koivuranta was once again the best Finn, this time in 13th, Lauri Asikainen completed the still good result for the hosts in 17th. Besides Jakub Janda, three more Czech jumpers qualified for the final round. Jan Matura and Roman Koudelka, 19th and 20th, and Antonin Hajek in 25th could score some points and gain self confidence.
Watase suffers concussion
It was a pretty bad day for the jumpers of Japan. Yuta Watase fell in the first round and suffered a concussion, Reruhi Shimizu was only 22nd. Taku Takeuchi had problems qualifying for the final round and was 29th. Alexey Romashov (28th) was the only Russian who could score points.
In the overall World Cup Kamil Stoch now has a lead of 103 points over Prevc, Severin Freund is third, 141 points behind the Slovene. His chances on winning the overall title are only theoretical. The Nordic Tour will continue already on Friday in Trondheim, it will conclude with the competition in Oslo on Sunday.