Michael Hayboeck ahead in the qualification
Austria's Michael Hayboeck is slowly but surely on the way back to his top shape. With a jump on 140 m (151.7 points) on the reconstructed Titlis-hill in Engelberg, Hayboeck won the qualification for Saturday's competition. Poland's Dawid Kubacki (133.5 m; 146.2 points) and Russian Evgeniy Klimov (132 m; 142.2 points) came in second and third.
Under good weather conditions with light tail wind, the teams of Austria, Poland and Germany showed strong performances in the qualification. Besides the winner Hayboeck, Markus Schiffner also achieved a very good result for Austria in sixth. Andreas Kofler, Manuel Fettner and Stefan Kraft are pre-qualified for the competition.
Kubacki, Piotr Zyla (4th) and Stefan Hula (8th) were the best of the Polish athletes, and with the pre-qualified jumpers Kamil Stoch and Maciej Kot they have two of the top favorites for tomorrow's competition on their team.
Andreas Wellinger (5th), Karl Geiger (9th), Richard Freitag (10th) and Stephan Leyhe (11th) of Germany had good jumps today and will be competing tomorrow, together with the pre-qualified athletes Severin Freund and Markus Eisenbichler. But the top German jumpers will have to show some improvement if they want to fight for top results on Saturday. Andreas Wank is the only German who could ot qualify for the competition. He failed to make the cut by only 0.6 points and was 41st.
Norway's Daniel Andre Tande and overall World Cup leader Domen Prevc of Slovenia presented themselves in a great shape. Tande had the longest jump of the day with 141.5 m and Domen Prevc jumped on 138 m from a lower start gate. Tande, Domen Prevc, and the two Poles Kot and Stoch will be the ones to beat this weekend, that became clear already on the first day in Engelberg.
The competition on Saturday starts at 4:00 pm CET.