Markus Eisenbichler wins the qualification in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The currently best German ski jumper, Markus Eisenbichler, is getting better and better. After his sixth place in the opening event of the 4-Hills-Tournament in Oberstdorf, the Bavarian won Saturday's qualification for the New Year's competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A jump of 138 m (141.8 points) earned Eisenbichler the win in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ahead of 4-Hills leader Stefan Kraft (138 m; 139.9 points) and Manuel Fettner (139 m; 138.4 points).
"Today I'm very satisfied, the feeling during the jump was not that good, but it worked well. I can be really satisfied with it today. Tomorrow I just have to jump normally again and then I'll see the result later. I don't think about a podium finish in the competition tomorrow, others shall worry about that. I just want to do my thing", Eisenbichler said after the successful qualification.
Slovenia's Domen Prevc was back on track after his problems yesterday. The 17-year-old, who started the 4-Hills-Tournament as the top favorite, lost his chances to win the overall title already in the first of the four competitions when he was only 26th, more than 50 points behind the winner. Today the youngest of the three Prevc brothers was among the best again in fourth with a jump of 137.5 m (135.8 points).
Stoch skips qualification
Poland's Kamil Stoch, in a good position in the fight for the overall win of the 4-Hills-Tournament after a second place yesterday, skipped the qualification today after an exhausting day of competition and the following trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. "The training jumps were good and that's enough for me today", Stoch said.
Nine Germans qualified
Nine of the 12 German ski jumpers qualified for Sunday's competition. Second-best of the German team was Stephan Leyhe in ninth. Youngster Felix Hoffmann, Johannes Schubert and Marinus Kraus failed to make the cut.
Austrians strong again
After their outstanding performance in Oberstdorf (places 1, 3 and 5), the Austrians presented themselves in a great shape also in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Besides Kraft, also Manuel Fettner (3rd) and Michael Hayboeck (7th) had very good jumps again.
Poland's Klemens Muranka was disqualified for an unusual reason: He refused to cooperate with the controller during the equipment check after his jump.