Ryoyu Kobayashi won the qualification for the first of three individual World Cups in Planica on Wednesday. Kobayashi managed a perfect flight at 229 meters (249.7 points). The overall World Cup winner from 2019 ended up just ahead of Markus Eisenbichler (227.5 meters / 248.5 points) and the Slovenian Bor Pavlovcic (232.5 meters / 245.8 points).
Fourth place in the qualification went to Karl Geiger, who had become world ski flying champion in the same place three months ago. Behind Geiger, the two Poles Andrzej Stekala and Dawid Kubacki ranked 5th and 6th, Johann Forfang was the best Norwegian in 8th and Naoki Nakamura achieved the best distance in the qualification with a jump of 236 meters and 9th place, equal on points with the Austrian Michael Hayboeck, who is a very hot candidate for the podium this weekend.
Overall World Cup winner Halvor Egner Granerud presented himself well after surviving Covid-19 infection, the Norwegian did not put all the trumps on the table in the qualification and finished the qualification in 28th place. “I survived it well and it was good for a few Having days to deal with the winter, a lot has happened, ”explained Granerud, who celebrated 11 World Cup victories in the course of the winter and is already the overall World Cup winner.
In good conditions and a clear blue sky, the athletes ensured a qualification at the highest level with numerous personal bests. The team from Estonia had a happy day to celebrate: Not only did Kevin Maltsev and Artti Aigro make it into the competition, Aigro also improved Estonia’s national record to 227 meters.
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