Roman Koudelka the best in the qualification
Roman Koudelka won the qualification for the first individual competition in Wisla. The Czech confirmed his good performances from last weekend in Almaty with the longest jump of the day on 132.5 m and 140.5 points.
With a jump on the same distance and 136.3 points local hero Kamil Stoch raised the hopes of the Polish fans. The double Olympic champion didn't compete in Almaty in order to prepare himself for the home event. The third place went to Domen Prevc. The silver medalist of the World Junior Championships in Rasnov jumped on 127.5 m and scored 129.1 points.
Polish jumpers raise hopes
The recently struggling Polish team can hope for a successful home competition after today's good performances of Piotr Zyla and Stefan Hula. Zyla, whose best result this season was a 12th place in Vikersund, jumped on 125 m and finished fourth with 126.9 points. Stefan Hula, the most consistent Polish jumper this season, came in eighth with 120.8 points.
Andreas Stjernen qualified in fifth with 125.5 m and 125.5 points. Best German was Stephan Leyhe, who confirmed the positive trend from his 11th place in Almaty, in sixth with 121.6 points, Daiki Ito followed only 0.4 points behind. Vincent Descombes Sevoie presented himself in a good shape and finished ninth.
Maciej Kot and Dawid Kubacki added to the good performance of the Polish team in tenth and 12th. Philipp Aschenwald was the best Austrian in 11th, his teammate Manuel Poppinger came in 14th, behind Jaka Hvala. Joachim Hauer completed the Top 15. Andreas Wellinger is still not in his best shape and was 18th. The two veterans Robert Kranjec and Manuel Fettner tied for 19th.
Boyd-Clowes good - Ammann disappoints
Canada's Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes gained self confidence for the competition in 25th, Olympic champion Simon Ammann finished 27th. While US American Kevin Bickner and Finland's Ville Larinto and Lauri Asikainen qualified in 33rd, 34th and 39th, Italian Alex Insam will have to follow the competition in Wisla from the hospital after an old knee injury became acute again at the landing. He fell and had to be carried out of the outrun on a stretcher, his face contorted with pain. At least his teammate Sebastian Colloredo could qualify for the competition in 40th.
Prevc still strong
Peter Prevc presented himself still in a top shape, also after he already took this season's overall World Cup title last weekend. With 131 m he showed the longest jump of the pre-qualified athletes. Michael Hayboeck (130 m) and Johann Andre Forfang (129 m) could keep up with the Slovene. Severin Freund still has room for improvement after his jump on only 114 m.
The first individual competition in Wisla starts on Friday at 8:30 pm CET.