Victory for Roman Koudelka after only one round
Roman Koudelka won the second competition in Lillehammer (NOR). The Czech took his second win in the World Cup with just one jump on 140 m, that earned him 153.9 points.
“It was a very difficult competition because of the wind, yesterday I also didn't jump very well. Today I had a great jump and also the luck you needed. For me the two wins in Klingenthal and here are very positive. Now I'll take a break and I will not go to Nizhniy Tagil. Then I'll be fit again for Engelberg”, the winner told.
Wind didn't want to play along
After two hours with various interruptions caused by the weather conditions with constantly changing tail and head wind, the jury decided to cancel the final round. The second place went to Peter Prevc, silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Sochi, who achieved his best result this season with 139 m and 149.9 points. “It was a very difficult competition with a lot of gate changes and changing winds. But I had some luck with the conditions and also a really good jump. This podium result is great for me”, the Slovene said afterwards.
Like on Saturday, Austrian Michael Hayboeck came in second. He jumped on 141.5 m and scored 149.4 points. “If you look at the results it seems as if I'm currently the number one in our team, but Gregor is getting better. I'm jumping very consistently right now and I'm happy that I'm the best Austrian at the moment”, Hayboeck said.
Ski flying World Champion Severin Freund finished fourth and with a jump on 136 m he missed the podium by only 1.2 points. Simon Ammann, who failed to qualify for the final on Saturday, jumped on 142 m and lower judges' marks cost him his place on the podium. He was fifth with 147.0 points.
Fannemel best Norwegian again
Best Norwegian was Anders Fannemel who was sixth with 146.5 points, only 1.2 points ahead of his teammate Anders Bardal. The longest jump of the day was shown by Markus Eisenbichler with 143 m. The German finished eighth with 143.7 points. He was followed by his teammate Marinus Kraus in ninth with 140.8 points. Finland's Lauri Asikainen (139.8 points) came in on a good tenth place. Stefan Kraft in eleventh and Gregor Schlierenzauer, who won the competition on Saturday, in 13th completed the good team result of the Austrians, Robert Kranjec finished 12th. Behind Daiki Ito, Piotr Zyla achieved a good result for Poland in 15th.
No top result for Kasai
Noriaki Kasai was only 17th, right behind his teammate Taku Takeuchi. A week before the home events in Nizhniy Tagil, Vladislav Boyarintsev (22nd) and Mikhail Maksimochkin (27th) could score points for the Russian team. After his ninth place on Saturday, Davide Bresadola was 29th this time.
It was a disappointing afternoon for the two Austrians Wolfgang Loitzl and Thomas Diethart, who came in only 47th and 50th.
After five individual competitions, Roman Koudelka took the yellow leader's bib. He now leads the overall World Cup ahead of Simon Ammann and Anders Fannemel.