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Kubacki wins nationals in Poland

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.

Its the first title in my career. I cant 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 todays 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 Muranka.

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 its 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 as well."

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 points) tenth.

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.

berkutschi.com, 1 September 2013

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