Kamil Stoch wins qualification in Courchevel
With his win in the qualification in Courchevel double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch earned himself a great starting position for the FIS Grand Prix competition this evening.
He scored 122.5 points with his jump on 128 m and is now four points ahead of Slovene Jernej Damjan, who jumped on 126.5 m. The third place went to Norway's Andreas Stjernen with the longest jump of the day on 131.5 m and only 0.1 points behind Damjan.
Strong teams of Norway and Poland
Stjernen's teammate Daniel-Andre Tande, who was the best Norwegian in Einsiedeln, came in fourth with 127 m and 115.6 points. The Polish team showed a great performance in this round. Besides Stoch, also Dawid Kubacki, fifth with 129 m and 114.4 points, Maciej Kot, with 128 m and 113.6 points on a shared seventh place with Japanese Junshiro Kobayashi, and Grand Prix leader Piotr Zyla, tenth with 129 m and 111.3 points, achieved Top 10 results.
Once again Phillip Sjoeen of Norway did great in the qualification. With 125.5 m and 114.3 points he was sixth, but still the youngster was not satisfied: “My training jump was a lot better, I still have room for improvement.” The ninth place of the best German Daniel Wenig, who jumped on 127 m (111.8 points), was also remarkable.
In absence of Gregor Schlierenzauer, who has returned home from France already due to a flue, Michael Hayboeck (108.7 points) was the best Austrian in twelfth, only 0.1 points behind Slovenia's Robert Kranjec. Czech Roman Koudelka shared the twelfth place with Hayboeck. In this close competition, Stefan Kraft of Austria was 14th with 108.4 points, followed by Norway's Tom Hilde, Finn Anssi Koivuranta and Japanese Kenshiro Ito. Like already in Einsiedeln, young German Dominik Maylaender could also show a good performance in Courchevel and qualified in 24th, followed by the best French, Vincent Descombes Sevoie. With Ronan Lamy Chappuis another local hero made the cut for the competition in 27th.
Neumayer also competing in Japan
German veteran Michael Neumayer was 40th in his first appearance this summer. After the competition in Courchevel he will also be on the German team for the events in Hakuba, Japan. The conditions in Courchevel got more and more difficult for the ten best athletes. Austrian Thomas Diethart had a bad jump and was only second to last. Norway's Rune Velta shared the same fate and was only 54th.
The competition in Courchevel starts at 6:00 pm CET.