Dawid Kubacki won a national
title on the normal hill in Szczyrk today ahead
of Klemens Muranka and Krzysztof Biegun.
After an exciting final round Dawid Kubacki claimed
the first national title of his career. With jumps
of 101 and 104 meters Kubacki won ahead of the two
nineteen-year-olds Klemens Muranka (101 and 100
meters) and Krzysztof Biegun (99 and 101.5 meters)
who shared the second place.
„It’s the first title in my career. I can’t be 100%
happy with my jumps, as my landings were far from
perfect. Still the jumps were good enough and I
am really overjoyed with the final result. I have
never won national championships before, and that
gives a lot of positive motivation. On the other
hand, this competition is yet another stage in the
preparation for the winter season. I was not afraid
of the competition today, each of us has to do their
job and jump as well as we can on the day, we do
not calculate, we do not compare. I have jumped
pretty well recently, so I am not totally surprised
with today’s result. I had not been thinking about
the result, I just tried to concentrate on good
jumps, the result came with those,” Kubacki said
after the competition.
Kubacki shared the lead with his clubmate Klemens
Muranka already in the first round. Both of them
jumped 101 metres and scored 136 points. Maciej
Kot was third (100.5 meters) 1 point off the lead.
„I am really happy with my jumping today, I had
no major problems. The weather was pretty good and
fair for everyone, there was a bit of a tail wind
but it was steady enough for all. I have been enjoying
some really good jumps since Hakuba, and I do hope
that I can continue on a similar level,” commented
Biegun was also satisfied with today's performance:
„My jumps today were really good, there is nothing
to complain. I have been jumping pretty well recently.
I did have some problems in the trial round, but
I was a bit too late at the hill and did not manage
to warm up properly, but everything was OK at the
competition. I had some difficulties after returning
from Hakuba, the trip was 49 hours, for the first
2 days at home I did not feel well, but now it’s
back to normal again. I did well in the nationals
last year already, I won silver as well. Today's
result is yet another sign of my current form. I
just hope I can continue like that in winter time
Surprisingly, after a jump of 98 meters only, the
gold medallist from Val di Fiemme Kamil Stoch was
eighth. Eventually, after a jump of 102 meters in
the final round Stoch managed to move from 8th to
4th place (261 points).
Fifth place went to last year's champion Maciej
Kot (100.5 and 100 m, 260 points), Batlomiej Klusek
(99.5 and 100 m, 258 points) and Piotr Zyla (94.5
and 104.5 m, 258 points) shared the sixth position.
Zyla who was only 12th after the first round managed
to move up in the final rank thanks to his excellent
jump of 104.5 m in the final.
Jan Ziobro (98.5 and 101 m, 257.5 points) finished
eight, Aleksander Zniszczol (100 and 98.5 m, 255.5
points) was nineth, Stefan Hula (101 and 98, 255
Second part of the nationals in Poland will be held
next Sunday on the Wielka Krokiew big hill in Zakopane.
On Saturday, 7th September the traditional 7th Solidarnosci
Cup will be held on the very same hill.