Jan Ziobro surprised in Engelberg on Saturday by taking his first win in the World Cup. In front of 7000 spectators the 22-year-old won ahead of his Polish teammate Kamil Stoch and Anders Bardal of Norway.
Ziobro was already in the lead after the first round with 134 m. In the final he then posted a spectacular jump on 141 m and with 275.4 points he came in 6.2 points ahead of Stoch. The large hill World Champion, who was first and second in Titisee last weekend, jumped on 129 m and 137.5 m and has to be considered one of the top favorites for the 4-Hills-Tournament. Anders Bardal can also be considered one of the contenders for the win there. With 131 m and 140 m and 268.3 points the normal hill World Champion achieved his third podium result this season.
Winner Jan Ziobro was almost lost for words after the competition: "This is my first win in the World Cup, I'm speechless. When I woke up in the morning I thought it would be great to win here today and now it happened. After the first round I felt confident and I just wanted to repeat the first jump. I will, for sure, remember this day for the rest of my life." Also his teammate Kamil Stoch was more than happy: "I'm very happy. I had the feeling, that this would be a good day for the Polish team. We were really well prepared. But to be honest, I didn't expect it to work that well. My first jump was not good, I was not relaxed enough."
Anders Bardal was not completely happy with the outcome today: "I’m very satisfied with my performance today, but I have to work on the landing, that’s why I didn’t look too happy after my jump. Some of the athletes had tail wind, but that’s part of ski jumping. I hope the Polish team is partying all night, so that they can be beaten tomorrow."
Austrian Thomas Diethart, who jumped on 129.5 m and 135.5 m, missed the podium by only 0.3 points today and. Jakub Janda, 4-Hills-Tournament winner 2006, was fifth with 261.7 points and achieved the best result this season so far. Piotr Zyla and Klemens Muranka completed the outstanding team result for Poland in sixth and seventh. As eighth, Wolfgang Loitzl, winner of the qualification, was in the Top 10 for the first time this season. Ole Marius Ingvaldsen and Anders Fannemel in ninth and tenth also achieved good results for the Norwegian team.
In absence of the strong Japanese jumpers, who will return to Europe for the 4-Hills-Tournament, local hero Simon Ammann showed a spectacular performance in the final round. He moved up from 28th to eleventh. The German athletes could not meet the high expectations. Andreas Wank was their best in 13th, Andreas Wellinger (25th) and Karl Geiger (28th) were the other two athletes in the final. Top jumper Severin Freund crashed in the first round and didn't qualify for the second round.
The jumpers of Slovenia also have room for improvement before the start of the 4-Hills-Tournament. Peter Prevc and Rok Justin finished 15th and 16th. 4-Hills record winner Janne Ahonen was 23rd, clearly ahead of World Cup record winner Gregor Schlierenzauer. The Austrian was only 27th, his worst result this season, and his not in his best shape before the first highlight of the winter.
The final competition before Christmas takes place on Sunday at 2:00 pm CET.