Kenneth Gangnes halftime leader at Ski Flying Championships

15 January 2016 14:34
Kenneth Gangnes
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Kenneth Gangnes is in the lead after the first two of four competition rounds at the Ski Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf. The Norwegian showed jumps on 236 m and 216 m and scored a total of 419.4 points on Friday.

4-Hills-Tournament winner Peter Prevc follows in second. The Slovene set a spectacular new hill record in the first round with 243 m, in the final he then landed at 213.5 m. After the first half of the competition Prevc is only 1.3 points behind Gangnes.

Kraft, Forfang and Kasai within striking distance

To the joy of the Austrian fans, Stefan Kraft can also still dream of becoming the new champion. 226.5 m and 220 m earned him 415.6 points and the third place so far. After the first day of competition Johann Andre Forfang is fourth, only 0.6 points behind Kraft, with his jumps on 230 m and 216.5 m. Noriaki Kasai still has a chance of winning his second title after 1992. With jumps on 240.5 m and 215 m the Japanese scored 409.0 points and is in a good position for the final rounds on Saturday. World record holder Anders Fannemel could not follow up on his performance in the qualification and is already clearly behind the top with 397.6 points.

Defending champion already defeated

Severin Freund will not be able to defend his title. With 370.5 points, even the other two spots on the podium will probably be out of reach already. Robert Kranjec (356.8 points), Anze Lanisek (354.4 points) and Jurij Tepes (350.3points) were eighth, ninth and tenth and not among the best today, but they raised hopes of the Slovenian fans for the team competition. Richard Freitag and Vincent Descombes Sevoie follow close behind Tepes, Andreas Wellinger, Daniel Andre Tande and the best Pole Dawid Kubacki complete the Top 15.

Finns out after day 1

While Tomas Vancura, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes and Denis Kornilov came in 23rd, 24th and 29th and will fly again on Saturday, the World Championships are already over after day 1 for Finland's Ville Larinto, Harri Olli and Lauri Asikainen.

The third round of the competition will start on Saturday at 2:00 pm CET.