Bardal and Vassiliev share
the win in the qualification
Anders Bardal and Dimitry Vassiliev shared the win
in the qualification for the ski flying World Championships
in Harrachov. With 193.5 m Vassiliev jumped two
meters farther then Bardal, but the Norwegian got
the higher judges' marks. Both scored a total of
Local hero Roman Koudelka came in third with 186
m and 179.0 points, 2.3 points more than Maciej
Kot, who was fourth with 189 m.
Hayboeck best Austrian
Best Austrian was Michael Hayboeck on a shared fifth
place with Japanese Reruhi Shimizu. Both scored
171.5 points with their jumps on 185.5 m and 180
m. Hayboecks teammate Stefan Kraft was seventh with
179.5 m and 166.5 points, close ahead of Jakub Janda
(179 m; 166.1 points).
Good performance by Romoeren
Only 0.2 points behind, former world record holder
Bjoern Einar Romoeren was ninth with 176 m. Andreas
Wellinger competed the Top 10 with 181.5 m and 164.5
points. The two Slovenes Jernej Damjan and Tomaz
Naglic were 11th and 16th and managed to qualify,
like 4-Hills-Tournament winner Thomas Diethart (13th)
and the two Finns Lauri Asikainen and Anssi Koivuranta,
who shared the 14th place. Vincent Descombes Sevoie
of France and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada also
qualified for the individual competition in 17th
and 21st. Markus Eisenbichler, who surprisingly
got a spot on the German team, proved that the coaches
made the right decision and was 22nd.
Two Finns out
Ville Larinto and Sebastian Klinga of Finland were
31st and 32nd and the closely missed the make the
cut for the competition.
Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch, Severin Freund and
Peter Prevc showed the best performances of the
already pre-qualified athletes. With 214 m, Prevc
landed only 0.5 m short of the hill record, but
his hands touched the snow. Severin Freund posted
a very good jump on 204 m, with exactly 200 m Kamil
Stoch was the third to fly beyond the 200 m mark.
Defending champion Robert Kranjec jumped on 184
The first two competition rounds will be held on
Friday from 4:30 pm CET. The two final rounds start
on Saturday at 4:00 pm. The team competition will
then be held on Sunday at 2:00 pm.