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Reruhi Shimizu wins qualification in Trondheim

The ski jumpers moved on from Finland to Norway where competitions will be held in Trondheim and Oslo over the next couple of days. The World Cup weekend at these traditional venues started with the qualification at the Granasen in Trondheim on Thursday evening.

The best in this round was Reruhi Shimizu of Japan, who clearly won the qualification with a jump on 136 m and a total of 146.8 points.

Michael Hayboeck of Austria, with 134.5 m and 139.2 points, and local hero Rune Velta of Norway, who also jumped on 134.5 m and finished third with 138.0 points, got closest to the 20-year-old Japanese. For the hosting team of Norway, also Tom Hilde in seventh and Ole Marius Ingvaldsen in ninth could show good performances.

The two Slovenes Tomaz Naglic and Jernej Damjan were among the best in fourth and fifth, Anssi Koivuranta of Finland shared the fifth place with Damjan and also proved his currently good shape.

A week before the ski flying World Championships in Harrachov, the Czech team showed a good and close performance. Roman Koudelka, Antonin Hajek, Cestmir Kozisek, Jakub Janda and Jan Matura came in 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 16th.

Among those who failed to make the cut for Friday's competition were Denis Kornilov (42nd), Lukas Hlava (43rd), Markus Eisenbichler (47th), who replaced Karl Geiger on the German team, and Jurij Tepes (49th). This was especially disappointing for the Slovene: In training he posted an outstanding jump on 138.5 m, then 116.5 m in the qualification were not good enough.

Freund sets new record

Once again Severin Freund presented himself in a great shape. The German set a new hill record with 141.5 m. Besides Freund, Thomas Diethart (135.5 m) and Peter Prevc (134.5 m) showed the best jumps of the already pre-qualified athletes. Kamil Stoch jumped on 139.5 m in the second training round and, like Simon Ammann, skipped the qualification. Noriaki Kasai wasn't jumping at all on Thursday.

FIS-ski.com 06 March 2014

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