Poland's Dawid Kubacki won the qualification in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a jump of 135.5 m and 138.1 points ahead of Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi (137.6 points) and Kamil Stoch (136.4 points).
Not even 24 hours after his victory in Oberstdorf, top favorite Ryoyu Kobayashi closely missed the quali-win in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Kobayashi presented himself in a strong shape again, but he came in 0.5 points behind Dawid Kubacki.
In light rain, the 10 000 spectators saw an exciting qualification, in which the German team was again showed a strong performance with Markus Eisenbichler (4th), Karl Geiger (6th) and Stephan Leyhe (8th). David Siegel achieved a convincing result as well in 15th.
Besides the Germans, also the Polish team did very well today with Kubacki (1st), Kamil Stoch (3rd) and Piotr Zyla (13th).
The Norwegian team of head coach Alexander Stoeckl took the places 5 (Andreas Stjernen), 10, 11, 12 and 13 (Anders Fannemel, Johann Forfang, Robert Johansson, Halvor Granerud).
Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan remains the top favorite for the second competition of the 67th 4-Hills-Tournament.
Best Austrian was Daniel Huber in 22nd.
The New Year's competition starts on Tuesday at 2 pm CET.
￼￼Here's what the athletes said after the qualification in Garmisch-Partenkirchen:
Andreas Wellinger (29th): My head did hurt a little bit after yesterday’s crash, but probably I deserved that. The motto now is: New hill, new chance. The jumps was okay, now I have to keep working and look ahead.
Severin Freund (44th): The conditions are not bad for my jump, but I couldn’t use them. I’m qualified for tomorrow’s competition, that’s what’s most important, but it’s a pity because I was jumping better in training.
Martin Hamann (28th): It went well for me today, except for the second training jump, which was not that good. I could definitely enjoy jumping today, so many people here at the 4-Hills-Tournament in Germany. It was a lot of fun.
Stefan Kraft (30th): That was nothing today and I have to analyze it now. It just wasn’t good at the take-off. I did everything I wanted to do, but I was not relaxed and I didn’t have the confidence. This has to be better tomorrow.
Ryoyu Kobayashi (2nd): I’m satisfied, but it’s annoying that I didn’t do a telemark. I’ll definitely do that tomorrow. In Japan you eat soba noodles at the end of the year and I’m looking forward to that.