Michael Hayboeck makes it three in a row
Michael Hayboeck won the World Cup competition in Kuopio and secured his "Finland hat trick". With jumps on 131 m and 129 m and a total of 264.5 points the Austrian finished ahead of Daniel Andre Tande and his teammate Stefan Kraft and took this third win in the third individual competition in Finland.
Hayboeck said afterwards: "I didn't expect this streak at all. I didn't even dream that something like this could happen. You can't say that Peter Prevc is not doing that well anymore, I simply had the better jumps in the competitions now, but this can change again really fast. I won two Continental Cups in Almaty once so I'll go there with positive memories."
Tande gets closer to top shape
Daniel Andre Tande, who set a new hill record on Monday evening when the Norwegians won the team competition, jumped on 131.5 m and 127 m for a total of 257.2 points and achieved his third podium result this season. Tande said: "I'm getting closer to the shape I had at the beginning of the season. I'm looking forward to Almaty. I've been there once and I was disqualified, so I hope it'll go better this time."
Stefan Kraft came in third with jumps on 122 m and 128 m and 245.2 points. Kraft said later: "I was not satisfied on the last two or three days. Today's competition was a perfect ending for the Finland trip with my third place and Michi's win. I'm ready for Almaty now."
Prevc misses the podium again
World Cup leader Peter Prevc missed the podium also in the third competition in Finland. With two jumps on 123.5 m the Slovene scored 240.3 points and was fourth. 0.6 points behind Prevc, Johann Andre Forfang was fifth with 120 m and 129.5 m and 239.7 points. The Norwegian was only 15th after the first round.
Poles defy Stoch's bad luck
With Stefan Hula (231.8 points) and Dawid Kubacki (229.0 points) in sixth and seventh it was a successful day for the Polish team. Kamil Stoch could have added to an even better team result. The double Olympic Champion was fifth after the first round, but with tail wind and a technical mistake he finished only 27th.
Severin Freund also didn't have much luck with the wind. Last season's overall World Cup winner was en route to the podium in third after the first round, but, like Stoch, he had really bad wind conditions in the final and came in eighth with 228.0 points. His teammate Richard Freitag and Taku Takeuchi tied for ninth with 227.8 points. While Freitag could achieve a Top 10 result again after six competitions, Takeuchi confirmed his good shape after his third place in Lahti.
Ups and downs for Germany
Andreas Wank also achieved a good result for the German team in 11th, Karl Geiger suffered a little setback. Two days after his first ever podium in the World Cup in Lahti he was only 25th in this competition. Behind Andreas Stjernen, Austria's Philipp Aschenwald came in on a career-best 13th place. Noriaki Kasai and Robert Kranjec completed the Top 15. Piotr Zyla emphasized the positive trend of the Polish team in 16th, French Vincent Decombes Sevoie also had a good competition in 17th. Kenneth Gangnes, Simon Ammann and Roman Koudelka were less satisfied with the places 18 to 20.
Prevc close to overall title
In the overall World Cup Peter Prevc (1698 points) now leads 559 points ahead of Severin Freund and 680 points ahead of Michael Hayboeck, who is now third. This means that Prevc can already secure this season's overall World Cup title on Saturday in Almaty.
In the Nation's Cup Norway (5505 points) now has a lead of more than 1000 points over Germany and with seven individual and two team competitions left this season this race seems to be over already. The fight for the podium between Germany (4468 points), Slovenia (4247 points) and Austria (3789) remains exciting.