Kenneth Gangnes ahead in the qualification
Kenneth Gangnes won the qualification for the final event of the 64th 4-Hills-Tournament in Bischofshofen. With a jump on 138.5 m and 144.4 points, the Norwegian came in close ahead of Peter Prevc and local hero Michael Hayboeck.
4-Hills-Tournament leader Prevc scored 144.1 points with his jump on 137.5 m. Hayboeck, who took his first win in the World Cup in Bischofshofen last year, jumped on 136 m and scored 140.9 points.
Freund skips training and qualification
The second in the 4-Hills overall ranking, Severin Freund, didn't jump in Tuesday's training and qualification. Head coach Werner Schuster explained: "It's well-known that Severin fell in the trial round in Innsbruck. Our medical staff did a great job in the primary care, so he was able to show a great performance in the competition there. But you really feel the consequences of such a fall a day later. He will now use today for regeneration in order to show his best possible performance on Wednesday. He only suffered bruises, but that's also very painful. It makes no sense today but I'm confident, that he will still be able to adjust to the hill here."
Wellinger best German
Andreas Wellinger was the best German in the qualification in fourth with 135.5 m and 135.2 points. Noriaki Kasai followed 2.3 points behind in fifth with 134 m. In sixth and ninth, Roman Koudelka (132.6 points) and Jakub Janda (131.4 points) achieved a good result for the Czech team. Johann Andre Forfang and Joachim Hauer tied for seventh with 132.3 points. Defending champion Stefan Kraft was tenth with 131.1 points. Stephan Leyhe and Richard Freitag were 11th and 13th, Domen Prevc showed a good performance again in 12th. Simon Ammann and Daiki Ito completed the Top 15.
Descombes strong again
Behind Andreas Stjernen, Vincent Descombes Sevoie followed up on his very good performances during this 4-Hills-Tournamnet in 17th, Olympic champion Kamil Stoch was the best Pole in 21st. Jurij Tepes, who didn't compete in Innsbruck after bad performances in Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, qualified in 31st, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes finished 35th. Denis Kornilov was the best Russian in 36th.
Thomas Diethart, 2014 4-Hills-Tournament winner, failed to qualify in 54th.
Prevc vs. Semenic
In the K.O. round on Wednesday, 4-Hills leader Peter Prevc will face his teammate Anze Semenic, Severin Freund will jump against Kenneth Gangnes. This means that the two leaders of the overall ranking will jump right after one another. Former Junior World Champion Vladimir Zografski can prove himself against Andreas Wellinger, Johann Andre Forfang will face the 2010 4-Hills champion Andreas Kofler. In an Austrian duel Philipp Aschenwald will face Stefan Kraft, Vincent Descombes Sevoie and Ronan Lamy Chappuis will have a French duel.
The final competition of the 4-Hills-Tournament will start on Wednesday at 5:00 pm CET.