Tepes wins final, Freund claims the overall title
Jurij Tepes won a highly dramatic Ski Jumping World Cup final in Planica. With jumps on 230.5 m and 244 m and 436.4 points, the Slovene came in ahead of his teammate Peter Prevc and World Champion Rune Velta. For his final jump Tepes got the maximum of 20.0 points of all five judges, like Prevc did in the first individual competition on Friday.
But with his win Tepes prevented the overall World Cup victory of his teammate Peter Prevc. After 31 individual competitions Prevc and Severin Freund both scored 1729 points. The German was only seventh in today's competition, but won the big crystal bowl due to the higher number of individual wins this season.
Prevc was in the lead after his first jump on 236.5 m and was very close to the overall title. But 233.5 m in the final round were not enough. He missed the win today and in the overall World Cup by only 2.8 points. The third place went to Rune Velta with jumps on 230.5 m and 226.5 m and 418.2 points. It was his second podium finish in a ski flying competition.
Kraft consistent again
Stefan Kraft was once again extremely consistent. He jumped on 229.5 m in both round and came in fourth with 415.7 points. Kamil Stoch, second after the first round with 235 m, missed the podium with his final jump on 222.5 m and finished fifth with 412.5 points. Michael Hayboeck was sixth with 410.1 points.
Breathtaking final for Freund
In a breathtaking final, the seventh place went to Severin Freund with 409.9 points. Like on Friday and Saturday the 26-year-old could now follow up on his outstanding performances in the past weeks and was obviously not satisfied with his jumps on 222.5 m and 226 m. When he was coming in behind Hayboeck, the possible eighth place would have been the end of all hopes for the overall title. Then the German managed to finish ahead of Gregor Schlierenzauer. When he finally won the title after the final jump of Prevc, he celebrated with his teammates and could hardly believe what just happened.
Kasai ahead of Schlierenzauer
Veteran Noriaki Kasai ended the season in eighth with 405.5 points, Gregor Schlierenzauer followed with 401 points. The tenth place went to Piotr Zyla with 391.5 points. World record holder Anders Fannemel was eleventh, Daiki Ito came in 12th, followed by local hero Robert Kranjec. The season ended with a good 14th place for Jarkko Maeaettae, Junior World Champion Johann Andre Forfang was 15th. For Manuel Fettner in 16th and Vincent Descombes Sevoie in 20th, the qualification for the final of the Top 30 was already a success.
Germans take Nation's Cup
The German athletes scored the necessary points to win the Nation's Cup. Michael Neumayer, Markus Eisenbichler and Richard Freitag came in 19th, 22nd and 23rd. At the end the team finished 37 points ahead of Norway. Roman Koudelka ended his best World Cup season so far in 24th, Gregor Deschwanden was 27th.
Norway close behind
The big winner of the season is the German team. Besides Freund, who is the third German athlete to win the overall title after Jens Weißflog and Martin Schmitt, the German jumpers also won the Nation's Cup for the second time in history. Peter Prevc won the crystal bowl for this winter's best ski flyer. Behind Freund and Prevc, Stefan Kraft came in third in the overall World Cup, Anders Fannemel follows in fourth with 1161 points, only four points ahead of Michael Hayboeck. The sixth place went to Noriaki Kasai with 1137 points, followed by Roman Koudelka. Rune Velta, Kamil Stoch and Gregor Schlierenzauer complete the Top 10.
Austria on the podium
Austria came in third in the Nation's Cup, ahead of Slovenia, Japan and Poland. A total of 88 athletes of 15 nations could score World Cup points, among them also athletes of Bulgaria, the USA and South Korea. Overall World Cup winner Severin Freund won the most prize money this season with CHF 198 900,-. Peter Prevc won CHF 7 000,- less, Stefan Kraft won CHF 168 300,-