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Dawid Kubacki wins this summer's first qualification


It's getting serious again, the FIS Grand Prix 2013 starts in Hinterzarten. For the men it was time for training and qualification on Friday at the "Adlerschanze" in the Black Forest, Germany.

On a hot summer day the victory in the qualification went to Dawid Kubacki of Poland with 106 m and 131.4 points.

German youngster Andreas Wellinger jumped only 0.5 meters shorter than the winner and came in second only 0.3 points behind.

Strong comeback of Ahonen

The comeback of Janne Ahonen, who is taking part in an international competition for the first time this year, was especially eagerly awaited in Hinterzarten. And the 36-year-old Finn showed an impressive performance.

After finishing 25th and 9th in the two training round, he posted the longest jump of the qualification with 106.5 m and came in third. With 129.7 points he shared this place with Czech Roman Koudelka (105.5 m).

Best Austrian was Stefan Kraft as fifth, his teammates Manuel Fettner (13th), Andreas Kofler (25th) and Michael Hayboeck (27.) also had not problems to qualify for the competition.

All Germans start in home event

Also all German jumpers could qualify in front of their home crowd. Besides Wellinger also Karl Geiger (6th), Andreas Wank (8th) and Danny Queck (14th) earned their spot in Sunday's individual competition.

Best of the Japanese on Friday was veteran Noriaki Kasai as eighth, the Top 10 of the qualification were completed by Lukas Hlava of the Czech Republic (9th) and Poland's Maciej Kot (10th). It was also a successful day for the teams of these jumpers. All athletes of Japan, the Czech Republic and Poland made the cut.

Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada closely missed the Top 10, but easily qualified for the first individual competition of the Grand Prix 2013 as eleventh. Best of the Slovenian team was Matjaz Pungertar as 15th.

The Norwegians didn't have a very good start into this summer season. Their best in the qualification was Kim Rene Elverum Sorsell as 23rd, Anders Fannemel was 40th. Andreas Stjernen failed to qualify, Rune Velta was disqualified because his suit was not compliant to the rules. The same fate was shared by Slovenia's Jaka Hvala.

The longest jump of the pre-qualified athletes was shown by local hero Severin Freund with 106 m, followed by Norwegian Tom Hilde (104 m) and Kamil Stoch (103 m) of Poland.

Berkutschi.com, July 26th, 2013

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