World record holder Fannemel wins the qualification
Anders Fannemel won the qualification for the Ski Flying World Championships. The Norwegian world record holder showed the by far longest jump of the day on 233 m on the Kulm-hill and scored 205.9 points.
32.5 points behind Fannemel, Robert Kranjec surprised in second with 207 m. Simon Ammann came in on a very good third place with 205 m and 170.9 points.
As expected Jurij Tepes is also getting closer to his top shape and finished fourth with 193.5 m and 170.3 points. Roman Koudelka was fifth with 199.5 m and 169.9 points.
Stoch fails to qualify
Although only 45 jumpers participated in this qualification for the championships and so only five couldn't make the cut for the competition, Kamil Stoch failed to qualify for the individual event. Dawid Kubacki provided good news for Poland with his sixth place and 166.9 points. Behind the best Austrian, Manuel Poppinger (163.8 points), Vincent Descombes Sevoie came in eighth with 162.0 points and also showed a good flight. Manuel Fettner (161.9 points) and Anze Lanisek (160.8 points) completed the Top 10.
Strong Czech team
The Czech jumpers showed a strong team performance today. Besides Koudelka, also Lukas Hlava and Jan Matura achieved a good result in 11th and 13th. Youngster Tomas Vancura, who was on team instead of Jakub Janda, finished on a very good 15th place. Three athletes will represent Finland in the individual competition, Ville Larinto, Harri Olli and Lauri Asikainen were 16th, 24th and 25th. Ilmir Hazetdinov, Denis Kornilov and Vladislav Boyarintsev qualified for Russia in 17th, 20th and 26th. Mackenzie Boyd Clowes, 19th in the qualification, will represent Canada, Michael Glasder (22nd) the USA.
Thanks to Heung-Chul Choi, Radik Zhaparov and Sebastian Colloredo in 27th, 28th and 30th, South Korea, Kazakhstan and Italy will also have an athlete in the competition.
Tande good - Prevc needs to improve
Of the group of the pre-qualified athletes, Daniel Andre Tande and Stefan Kraft had the best jumps with 212.5 m and 211.5 m. Defending champion Severin Freund jumped on very good 206.5 m. 4-Hills-Tournament winner Peter Prevc has some room for improvement in the competition after he landed already at 188.5 m.
The individual competition of the Ski Flying World Championships starts on Friday at 1:00 pm CET with the first two of the four competition rounds.