Michael Hayboeck takes second win in Lahti

21 February 2016 17:21
Karl Geiger, Michael Hayboeck, Taku Takeuchi
Karl Geiger, Michael Hayboeck, Taku Takeuchi -

Michael Hayboeck also won the second individual competition in Lahti. In the competition, which was moved from the large to the normal hill due to the weather situation, the Austrian defied the sometimes difficult wind conditions and took this third win in the World Cup with jumps on 98.5 m and 100 m and 241.4 points. Behind Hayboeck, Karl Geiger and Taku Takeuchi surprised in second and third.

Hayboeck said afterwards: ""It was a perfect weekend for me with one win on the large and one on the normal hill. The test for the World Championships couldn't have been any better. I remember jumping on the normal hill here four years ago, the weather was also bad back then. Now I know I like this hill. The conditions were difficult today, you needed luck to be on the podium."

First podium for Geiger

Karl Geiger jumped on 96 m and 99.5 m for 232.2 points and achieved his first podium result in the World Cup. The German said: "I'm very happy about the second place. It's my first podium in the World Cup. I had two good jump today, but the landing in the second round could have been better. I think the jury made the right decision to move the competition to the normal hill."

Taku Takeuchi was on the podium for the first time since December 2013 with his jumps on 96 m and 95.5 m and 229.9 points. "It's been two years since my last podium so I'm very happy", he told. 

Roman Koudelka also had a reason to celebrate. The Czech came in on a season-best fourth place with 89 m and 95.5 m and 228.6 points.

Freund and Prevc struggling with the wind

After the top athletes had to struggle with the wind especially in the first round, Severin Freund was not the only one who found himself farther behind than usual. With 91 m and 95.5 m and 225.8 points the World Champion could move up from 14th to fifth in the final. His teammate Andreas Wank, second after the first round, had strong head wind in the final and wasn't able to land in a telemark so he finished sixth, 0.3 points behind Freund. The results of the Norwegians were also not as good as usual. With Daniel Andre Tande (224.7 points) and Johann Andre Forfang (223.7 points) in seventh and tenth "only" two Norwegians finished in the Top 10. Stefan Kraft came in eighth with 224.2 points.

Prevc with strong final jump

Overall World Cup leader Peter Prevc shared a similar fate as Severin Freund. After he was only 22nd in the first round, the Slovene showed his skills in the final and moved up to ninth with 223.8 points. While Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch failed to qualify for the competition, Dawid Kubacki was the best of the Polish team in 11th. Stephan Leyhe and Andreas Wellinger in 12th and 13th completed the great result for the German team. Jakub Janda and Domen Prevc can be satisfied with the places 14 and 15.

Kasai not satisfied

Noriaki Kasai was obviously not happy about his 16th place, but he came in one place ahead of Simon Ammann. Kenneth Gangnes was 22nd, Austria's Philipp Aschenwald, fourth after the first round, couldn't keep his cool in the final and finished 24th. Vincent Descombes Sevoie was once again the only French in the final round, he came in 25th.

Germany second again

In the overall World Cup, Severin Freund could get a little bit closer to Peter Prevc, but with 1648 points the Slovene still has a good lead of 541 points over the defending champion. Kenneth Gangnes is still third with 999 points. With his two wins in Lahti, Michael Hayboeck moved up from sixth to fourth with now 918 points. Johann Andre Forfang is fifth with 845 points.

After the weekend in Lahti Germany is now second again in the Nation's Cup with 4016 points, Slovenia is third (3974 points). Norway is still in the lead with 4932 points. 

The World Cup continues already on Monday with the qualification for the individual competition in Kuopio (FIN). The team competition, that could not take place on Saturday, will follow right after that at 5:15 pm CET.