Michael Hayboeck wins qualification in Einsiedeln
Austrian Michael Hayboeck won the qualification for the FIS Grand Prix in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. In the second event of this summer series, Hayboeck scored 140.4 points with his jump on 117 m and is now in the lead before tomorrow's competition. Gregor Schlierenzauer secured the double victory for Austria in second. He jumped on 118 m and, due to lower style marks, he is now 2.4 points behind his teammate.
Prevc and Zyla still strong
Peter Prevc, winner of the competition in Wisla, was third with 114 m and earned himself a good position only four points behind Hayböck. Also Piotr Zyla, who was second in his home GP competition in Wisla and first and second in the COC there recently, is still in a very good shape. With 113 m and 135.5 points he was fourth. Only 0.1 points behind and with the same distance, Richard Freitag was the best German in fifth. Andreas Wank achieved a Top 10 result as well with 113 m and 130.7 points.
Four Norwegians among the best
Norwegian Phillip Sjoeen, who was disqualified in Wisla, came in sixth with a very good jump on 116 m and was the best of the Scandinavians with 133.1 points. His teammates Tom Hilde, Anders Fannemel (both 130.6 points) and Andreas Stjernen (129.7 points) finished tenth and 12th. The Polish duo Maciej Kot (110 m; 132.1 points) and Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch (111.5 m; 131.9 points) were seventh and eighth.
As expected, Simon Ammann (13th) and Gregor Deschwanden (21st) were the only two members of the Swiss team who qualified for their home competition. The Japanese team will be represented by three athletes. Junshiro Kobayashi in 14th, Kenshiro Ito in 22nd and Reruhi Shimizu in 35th showed good performances. Besides the two top jumpers today, also Stefan Kraft in 15th, Manuel Fettner in 20th, Thomas Diethart in 24th and Manuel Poppinger in 43rd completed the good result for Austria. Best of the Czech team was Roman Koudelka in 19th, best Russian was Mikhail Maksimochkin in 29th.
Three Finns qualified
Anssi Koivuranta, Sami Niemi and Jarkko Maeaettae were not among the best in 30th, 38th and 48th, but they could all make the cut for the competition. Heung-Chul Choi of South Korea also qualified in 44th.
The competition in Einsiedeln will start on Saturday at 6:30 pm CET.