Johann Andre Forfang from Norway (133.5m) finished second, the “qualifying podium” was completed by German Markus Eisenbichler (127.5m).
With Daniel Huber (7th / 127m) and Philipp Aschenwald (10th / 130m), two other ÖSV eagles are among the top ten. Jan Hörl lands in 32nd place with a jump of 107 meters.
Best jumps for nervousness
Kraft had already shown ranks 2, 1 and 9 in Wednesday’s training. “I’m glad it went that way again today,” said the 27-year-old to the APA. “A day can happen once. Two days, you have to be really good at it.” He found the feeling in the second mixed round and has since stabilized it. “The trend reversal is bearing fruit. It has already become more natural today and I hope that it will remain so relaxed and cool tomorrow.”
The double world champion from Lahti 2017 is clear that he is now in the circle of favorites, but the ten-time world championship medalist can handle the role well. “I prefer to know that I can jump for the medals. I definitely sleep better than I jump for 10th or 15th place all the time.” Despite all the routine he will get nervous in the competition. “I always will when it comes to the sausage. But that’s where I usually do the best jumps.”
Kraft put himself at the top of the list of results with a 127 m jump, gate and wind points also helped him. Team mate Daniel Huber jumped the same distance and ended up in seventh place. The Salzburg man had let himself be a little unsettled by an unsuccessful trial run. “I had to struggle again. I let myself be deprived of confidence a bit quickly, it doesn’t have to be. But I have the feeling that I have to do and that I am clear.”
Potential for medal
The 28-year-old is certain that with a little luck, Red-White-Red will be part of the medal battle. Philipp Aschenwald could also have a say. In tenth place for him was 130 m on the scoreboard. “I left a little on the table. When I hit him, the energy goes off a lot better.” A tail wind pushed Jan Hörl to the ground at 107.0 m, he finished 32nd and received 20.6 wind points. “It’s a different sport then,” said the 22-year-old.
Behind Kraft landed the Norwegian Johann Andre Forfang (133.5 m), the German defending champion Markus Eisenbichler (127.5) and the Polish normal hill winner Piotr Zyla (127.0). The eleven-time Norwegian winner of the season Halvor Egner Granerud is not there because of a corona infection. Incidentally, Kraft has now written four world championships in a row with mixed bronze, winning a total of ten medals, whereby it worked at least twice in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
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Nordic World Championships Kraft wins qualification large hill winter sports