WC Ruka: Ryoyu Kobayashi wins his first World Cup


The weather showed its skills in today’s competition in Ruka. Competition, limited to only one round, ended with the victory of Ryoyu Kobayashi (138.5 m). The second and third place on the podium were taken by the Poles. Kamil Stoch (140.5 m) was the second, and Piotr Żyła (136 m) was the third.

Due to strong wind, the jury decided to call off the qualification round on Friday, November 23rd.

The morning training round was also not completed without any wind problems. It took longer than expected for everyone to jump. Leader after the training session, Markus Eisenbichler (GER) jumped 137 meters and he was ahead of Norwegian  Robert Johansson (135 meters)  and Anders Fannemel who landed at 134 meters. A great result of 138 meters was also achieved by Antti Aalto (FIN) who came in fourth. He was followed by German Karl Geiger (133 m) and Daniel Andre Tande ( 134 m). The world cup leader, Evgeniy Klimov, took the 7th position in the training round, with a jump long 133 meters. Top 10 also included Domen Prevc (130 m), Stefan Kraft (128 m) and Piotr Zyla (131 m).

Since qualification was cancelled due to the wind, organizers decided to start the first round, which was also the final one, with all the 65 jumpers. The winner of the one and only round was Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, who also achieved his personal best by winning the competition. He was followed by two of the Polish team, Kamil Stoch (140.5 m) and Piotr Zyla who landed at 136 meters. Slovenian Domen Prevc had the longest jump of them all – 146 meters, but due to the bad judge marks he got, he ended the competition on the fourth place. The best German was Karl Geiger with 135 meters, and right after him finished Vladimir Zografski, who achieved his personal best with the sixth place. Top ten was completed with Timi Zajc on 7th and Robert Johansson on 8th place. They were followed by German Andreas Wellinger on 9th and Slovenian Anže Lanišek on 10th position.

Saturday has also been a great day for the Polish Jakub Wolny, who achieved a new personal best in his world cup competitions. The youngest member of the Polish A team jumped 132.5 meters.

Picture: Newsskijumping

Manca Meglič


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