Qualification in Wisla: Fannemel ahead of Prevc
Blue skies, midsummer temperatures and an outstanding performance of Norway's Anders Fannemel. That's what the many spectators got on the day of the qualification for the FIS Grand Prix in Wisla (POL).
Fannemel showed a jump on 137.5 m, which earned the current ski flying world record holder a total of 137.0 points. With this score Fannemel came in clearly ahead of top favorite Peter Prevc of Slovenia.
Prevc, who started already with bib 18 after his competition break last weekend, already made clear during the official training that he has to be reckoned with today. Prevc, the dominator of the past winter season, finished second with his qualification jump on 133 m (133.8 points).
Clearly behind Prevc, Johann Andre Forfang of Norway came in third with 128 m (124.3 points).
Best jumper of the German team was Richard Freitag in seventh, followed by Karl Geiger in eighth. Lukas Hlava was the best of a strong Czech team in fourth. All the athletes of Norway, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic managed to qualify for the competition.
A total of 54 ski jumpers was fighting for the 40 spots in the individual competition (the Top 10 of the overall ranking are pre-qualified) and once again some well known athletes failed to make the cut in the qualification.
The Finnish team, for the first time lead by head coach Andreas Mitter, who was not in Courchevel due to private reasons, didn't have a good day. Ville Larinto was the only Finn to qualify for Saturday's competition in 34th. Lauri Asikainen and Harri Olli will not be able to take part in the competition, Jarkko Maeaettae was disqualified because his suit didn't meet the rules.
The good result of the Swiss team was only clouded by the disqualification (also due to the suit) of Kilian Peier.
The best performances of the already pre-qualified athletes were shown by Stefan Kraft (AUT), Kamil Stoch (POL) and Andreas Wellinger (GER). All three will definitely fight for the win on Saturday.
The competition weekend in Wisla will start with a team event on Friday (Start: 2:50 pm CET), the individual competition follows on Saturday, also at 2:50 pm CET.