Tom Hilde the best in the qualification
Only one day after the competition in Trondheim, the qualification was held at the Holmenkollen in Oslo. Local hero Tom Hilde was the best in this round, followed by Dimitry Vassiliev and Andreas Kofler.
Tom Hilde, who returned to the World Cup in Trondheim after a longer break, showed a jump on 128.5 m and scored a total of 125.0 points.
Russian Dimitry Vassiliev and Andreas Kofler of Austria both jumped half a meter longer than the winner, but with 123.7 points and 122.9 points they finished second and third close behind the Norwegian.
Only 0.5 points behind Kofler, the fourth place went to Lauri Asikainen, the best of the Finnish team, that will be represented in the competition in full strength. Also Ville Larinto (11th), Anssi Koivuranta (12th) and Sami Niemi (38th) managed to qualify.
Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic was fifth, closely followed by the best Slovene, Jaka Hvala. With Antonin Hajek (CZE), Andreas Stjernen (NOR) and Kaarel Nurmsalu (EST) three jumpers shared the seventh place.
The best of the German team in this qualification was Richard Freitag in 13th, behind Maciej Kot of Poland also Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes achieved a good result in 15th. Freitag's teammate Marinus Kraus had some luck today and qualified for the competition at the Holmenkollen in 40th.
The longest jumps of this round were shown by the already pre-qualified Gregor Schlierenzauer and Severin Freund with 131.5 m. Anders Bardal, the winner of the competition in Trondheim, Peter Prevc and Noriaki Kasai did not jump in the qualification.
The competition on the famous Holmenkollen in the Norwegian capitol will start on Sunday at 2:15 pm CET.