Matjaz Pungertar wins qualification in Planica
Traditionally the final competitions of the season are being held in Planica (SLO). But this time the events are not taking place on the flying hill, but on the new large hill.
The first qualification of the weekend in Slovenia was won by local hero Matjaz Pungertar with a jump on 128.5 m and 121.7 points. Like his teammate, also Anze Lanisek jumped on 128.5 m, he finished second with 119.9 points.
Only 0.3 points behind Lanisek, Andreas Stjernen of Norway came in third with 127.5 m. He was followed by Nejc Dezman and Cene Prevc, who provided a great team result for the hosts in fourth and fifth.
With Tom Hilde in sixth, and Anders Fannemel, who shared the eighth place with Poland's Piotr Zyla behind the best Japanese Reruhi Shimizu, also two more Norwegian came in among the best on Thursday.
The Top 10 in the qualification, that took place in bright sunshine, were completed by French Vincent Descombes Sevoie.
Some well-known names failed to make the cut for the first individual competition in Planica on Friday. Among them Jernej Damjan (41st), Jan Ziobro (43rd), Rune Velta (45th), Anssi Koivuranta (56th) and Michael Neumayer (67th).
The best jump of the already pre-qualified athletes was shown by the new ski flying World Champion Severin Freund with 129 m. Thomas Diethart (127 m), Stefan Kraft (126.5 m) and Anders Bardal (126.5 m) got closest to him.