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Slovenia sweeps the podium in Sapporo

Jernej Damjan, Peter Prevc and Robert Kranjec took a triple victory for Slovenia in Sapporo. With jumps on 138 m and 134 m and a total of 255.0 points, Jernej Damjan celebrated his first win in the World Cup. Only 0.6 points behind the winner, Peter Prevc extended his lead in the overall World Cup with 124 m and 137.5 m.

Robert Kranjec achieved his first podium result in this Olympic season with 253.3 points (126 m and 137 m). Damjan and Prevc were already on the podium on Saturday in reverse order.

Neumayer and Kofler among the best

Michael Neumayer achieved his best result this season in fourth with consistent jumps on 133.5 m and 134 m that earned him a total of 249.8 points. Andreas Kofler, who was in the lead after the first round with the longest jump of the day on 140 m, jumped on 130 m in the final and came in fifth, 2.9 points behind Neumayer.

The same fate was shared by Jan Matura, who won twice here in Sapporo last year. The Czech shared the top position with Kofler after the first round, and finished seventh overall with 243.0 points. Noriaki Kasai was the best Japanese in sixth with 245.2 points. Eisenbichler repeated his career best of Saturday's competition and was eighth again. Nejc Dezman was ninth and the fourth Slovene in the Top 10.

Ito and Shimizu completed good result for Japan

Daiki Ito and Reruhi Shimizu followed in tenth and elventh. Karl Geiger and Danny Queck achieved good results for the German B-team in 12th and 15th. With Yuta Watase and Taku Takeuchi in 13th and 14th, five Japanese were among the best 15 today. Gregor Deschwanden was 17th and the only Swiss who could score World Cup points, Robert Johansson (19th) was the only Norwegian in the final round. It was a bit of a disappointing day for Manuel Fettner, Manuel Poppinger and Wolfgang Loitzl, who probably expected more than the places 20 to 22. With Roberto Dellasega and Davide Bresadola two Italians could score some World Cup points in 26th and 27th.

Prevc the overall leader

Peter Prevc now leads in the overall World Cup with 812 points, followed by Kamil Stoch (721 points). Gregor Schlierenzauer is third with 670 points, only 22 points ahead of Noriaki Kasai. Next weekend the final test competitions for the Olympics in Sochi will be held in Willingen.

Statements about competition

Jernej Damjan (SLO):

"Of course I'm more than happy, this was my first win in the World Cup and I've waited a long time for this to happen. I had some luck with the wind today and I took advantage of it. We will have to wait how it goes in the team competition in Sochi, there you need eight good jumps and then you'll see."

Peter Prevc (SLO):

"This was the second really good competition here in Sapporo. The conditions were good again. In the first jump I made a small mistake and I knew that I have to improve my performance in the second round. I was able to do that and I'm satisfied."

Robert Kranjec (SLO):

"I was not really lucky with the conditions and then the inrun gate was moved down. This was not really in my favor but I was fourth here yesterday and third today. This is a very good position such a short time before the Olympic Games."

FIS-ski.com 26 January 2014

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