Kamil Stoch wins the qualification in Titisee-Neustadt
Kamil Stoch - FIS
World Champion Kamil Stoch of Poland won Friday's qualification in Titisee-Neustadt ahead of Simon Ammann of Switzerland and local hero Andreas Wank.
The 26-year-old took the top spot with a jump on 136.5 m and a total of 143.4 points, due to higher judges' marks ahead of Ammann, who scored 140.3 points for his jump on 137.5 m. With 137 m also Germany's Andreas Wank showed a longer jump than the Pole, he came in third with 139.6 points.
Besides the winner, two more athletes of the Polish team were among the best, with Maciej Kot, who came in fifth, one place behind the best Norwegian Anders Fannemel, and Piotr Zyla (7th). With Jurij Tepes (6th), Jaka Hvala (8th) and Peter Prevc (9th), also the Slovenian team had three jumpers in the Top 10 of the qualification.
Best Austrian in this round was Stefan Kraft in tenth, followed by German veteran Michael Neumayer and his teammate Manuel Fettner (12th). Not only Wank and Neumayer, but also Richard Freitag and Karl Geiger had to problems to qualify for the competition. So all seven German jumpers will compete in their home event on Saturday.
It was a disappointing day for Andreas Kofler of Austria. The former 4-Hills-Tournament winner is still struggeling with his shape and failed to make the cut as 44th this afternoon.
The longest jump of the day was shown by the already pre-qualified Andreas Wellinger with 139 m. Out of the group of the Top 10 in the overall World Cup, the two Japanese Noriaki Kasai and Taku Takeuchi came closest to the young German with their jumps on 138.5 m and 137.5 m.
The first of two individual competition at the Hochfirst-hill in the Black Forest will start on Saturday at 2:00 pm CET (trial round: 1:00 pm CET).