Slovenes celebrate double victory in Planica
The Slovenian festival at the World Cup final in Planica continues. A day after the record win of Peter Prevc, Robert Kranjec Kranjec secured a double victory for Slovenia together with the overall World Cup winner. The third place went to Norway's Johann Andre Forfang. It was already the sixth win in a row for Slovenia in Planica since 2014.
The outstanding Robert Kranjec posted jumps on 224.5 m and 236 m and took his second win this season with 447.6 points. Afterwards he could celebrate this win with 25 000 enthusiastic fans when Prevc carried him on his shoulders in the outrun. He was obviously were happy that he could come in ahead of his teammate today. "I wasn't sure that my second jump would be good enough to win. But now i'm really happy that I could beat Peter today because he is jumping great this season. My goal now is to finish second in the Ski Flying World Cup."
Prevc "could go home now"
Peter Prevc, who was only sixth after the first round with 218 m, shocked the competition with the longest flight of the day on 242 m in the final and came in second with 440.5 points. It was his 21st podium finish in the 28th individual competition this season. "Now I won the small crystal globe for the Ski Flying World Cup and set the record with 21 podium finishes so I guess I could go home now", Prevc said afterwards. "I'll need some rest now so I can do my best again in the next competitions on Saturday and Sunday."
Forfang not yet satisfied
Johann Andre Forfang, second on Thursday, came in only 0.7 points behind Prevc with jumps on 223.5 m and 233.0 m. "Like yesterday I'm really satisfied with the result, but there's still room for improvement. My jumps are not perfect yet. I have no idea how to beat the Slovenes here, they are doing really well in front of their home crowd."
As so often, Michael Hayboeck was the best Austrian also in the second-to-last individual competitions this season with 218 m and 233.5 m and 436.9 points.
Norwegians still incredible
The Norwegians, who will be crowned the Nation's Cup winners on Sunday, had four athletes in the Top 10 today with Kenneth Gangnes (221 m and 223.5 m; 425.5 points) in fifth, Daniel Andre Tande (414.1 points) in eighth and Anders Fannemel (405.5 points) in tenth. Last season's overall World Cup winner Severin Freund was obviously still struggling with the huge hill in Planica and missed the podium again in sixth with 417.5 points. In his 501st World Cup appearance Noriaki Kasai came in seventh, two points behind the German. His teammates Daiki Ito, ninth with 413.2 points, and Taku Takeuchi in 13th completed a great team result for Japan.
Tepes waits for perfect flight
Roman Koudelka and Stefan Kraft closely missed the Top 10 in 11th and 12th, Jurij Tepes could not yet follow up on his amazing jump last year, when he got five times 20.0 by the judges, and was 14th. Andreas Stjernen completed the fantastic performance of the Norwegians in 15th. Maciej Kot, the winner of the qualification, was the best Pole in 17th, Canada's Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes lived up to his reputation as a great ski flyer and came in 19th, ahead of Richard Freitag and Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch. vincent Descombes Sevoie scored points for France in 29th.
Next title for Prevc
While Peter Prevc has now scored a record of 2203 World Cup points this season and also won the last remaining title this season with the Ski Flying World Cup, Severin Freund also secured the second place in the overall World Cup with 1454 points. Kenneth Gangnes (1303 points) and Michael Hayboeck (1261 points) are fighting for the third place in this season's final individual competition on Sunday.
The final team competition of the winter will take place on Saturday at 10:00 am CET.