Richard Freitag takes the win in Engelberg
Richard Freitag won the first World Cup competition in Engelberg. The German jumped on 128.5 m and 135.5 m and took his fourth win in the World Cup with 277.7 points.
The winner said afterwards: “It was a lot of fun to jump here today, of course it's perfect when you win. But it's not always about winning, it's about jumping well and, when you are struggling a bit, it's about closing the gap to the best again. Taking a break last weekend was important for me and I think I used it well. I'm fit and jumping is a lot of fun. The hill in Engelberg is nice and I enjoy jumping here."
Damjan and Hayboeck on a shared third place
The second place went to Roman Koudelka, only 0.6 points behind Freitag. The Czech posted jumps on 128 m and 136.5 m. "I was a bit late at the take-off in both jumps, but still I'm very satisfied. My goal is the 4-Hills-Tournament and I'm looking forward to it. I think that five or six athletes will be really strong there, but I'll give my best. Tomorrow I want to make two good jumps and then we'll see the result. I don't care if I'm 6th, 8th or better then”, Koudelka told Berkutschi.
Michael Hayboeck and Jernej Damjan shared the third place with 276.2 points. Hayboeck jumped on 133.5 m and 131 m, Damjan showed jumps on 131.5 m and 135 m. "Unfortunately the second jump today was my first jump here which was not that good. I'm in a very good shape and so a lot is possible tomorrow and at the 4-Hills-Tournament”, said Hayboeck, and Damjan told: "I'm really happy to be on the podium today, I thought that it was not enough after my second jump. My feeling is very positive and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's competition and the 4-Hills-Tournament."
Kraft with longest jump of the day
Peter Prevc was fifth with 132 m and 133.5 m and a total of 274.8 points. 1.4 points behind the Slovene, Stefan Kraft finished sixth. The Austrian showed the longest jump of the day with 140 m in the final round. Severin Freund (272.7 points) and Markus Eisenbichler (268.0 points), also achieved top results for Germany in seventh and eighth. In front of his home crowd Simon Ammann was ninth with 265.7 points, Rune Velta scored 264.2 points and came in tenth.
Phillip Sjoeen had a strong comeback in eleventh, his teammate Johann Andre Forfang finished on a strong 12th place. The 13th place was shared by Nejc Dezman and Germany's Stephan Leyhe, who had a very good debut in the World Cup. Anders Bardal completed the Top 15. While Wolfgang Loitzl failed to qualify for the final round, Thomas Diethart was 17th and now has a good chance to secure his ticket for the 4-Hills-Tournament.
Schlierenzauer not in top shape
Gregor Schlierenzauer was only 23rd. Vincent Descombes Sevoie achieved a good result in 18th, Jan Ziobro was the best Pole in 20th, behind Kento Sakuyama. World Cup leader Anders Fannemel was 21st, Ilmir Hazetdinov was 27th the Russian, who could score points.
The second competition in Engelberg starts on Sunday at 2:15 pm CET.