Sunday’s ski jumping competition got a dramatic ending when the leader from the first round and the last jumper, Halvor Egner Granerud, jumped the longest jump 137,5 meters, only half meter away from the current hill record. Granerud however couldn’t land his jump properly and fell. The victory went to Norway anyway, when Robert Johansson took his first victory of the season. Markus Eisenbichler was second and Karl Geiger third.
– Shame to see that Halvor did a really good jump but ended up falling. But all in all for me it was a really good competition. The last few weekends have been really good for my and I hope to continue my progress and gain even more confidence, says the winner Robert Johansson.
Granerud had a strong ten point lead after the first round, but his fall took the victory from him. He ended up being fourth. The competition for the podium places was tight. The difference between the winner and the third place was only 1,9 points.
– The jump was really good, but the landing was really terrible. But my jumps are getting better on the table, so it makes me happy, says Markus Eisenbichler.
– It was a really nice day and it’s nice to celebrate with my team mate Markus. I like this hill very much, says Karl Geiger.
The competition conditions were foggy but even for all the athletes. The first round offered a surprise as well, when Saturday’s team winner Marius Lindvik wasn’t able to reach the second round with his jump.
The qualification which was postponed from Friday, was held before the competition. Polish Piotr Zyla won the qualification, but in the competition Zyla couldn’t quite fight for the top places.
Photo: Janina Pitkänen