Stefan Hula raises hopes for Poland
Stefan Hula won the qualification for the individual competition in Oslo. A day after head coach Lukasz Kruczek officially announced his resignation, the Pole showed a decent performance with 126.5 m and 122.8 points. The second and third place went to Andreas Wellinger and Manuel Poppinger.
Wellinger jumped on 125 m and scored 120.4 points, Poppinger was only 0.6 points behind with his jump on 125.5 m. Best Slovene was Jurij Tepes with 125 m and 116.8 points in fourth, 1.3 points ahead of Dawid Kubacki, who jumped on 124 m.
Matura best Czech
Jan Matura of the Czech Republic came in on a good sixth place with 112.9 points, Tom Hilde was the best of the Norwegians in seventh with 112.2 points. Behind Taku Takeuchi (110.5 points), Joachim Hauer (109.5 points) and Karl Geiger (108.9 points) finished ninth and tenth. World record holder Anders Fannemel was 11th in the qualification for the Norwegian home event, followed by Simon Ammann in 12th. Ammann's Swiss teammate Luca Egloff finished on a good 13th place. Roman Koudelka and Daiki Ito completed the Top 15.
German and Polish youngsters qualified
Former 4-Hills-Tournament winner Andreas Kofler, was 18th, behind Andreas Wank and the Andrzej Stekala of Poland. German youngster David Siegel was 19th. Best of the Russian team was Denis Kornilov in 26th, followed by French Ronan Lamy Chappuis. US American Nick Alexander qualified in 28th, Marat Zhaparov of Kazakhstan finished 31st. Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was 36th and also made the cut for the competition.
Noriaki Kasai was the best of the pre-qualified athletes with the longest jump of the day on 127.5 m. Norway's Daniel Andre Tande also showed a strong performance with 125 m. The Germans Severin Freund and Richard Freitag still have room for improvement after their jumps on 112.5 m and 107.5 m.
The first event on the Holmenkollen will be Saturday's team competition, in which the Norwegian ski flying World Champions are considered the top favorites. The individual competition follows on Sunday.