Jarkko Maeaettae was the best in the qualification
for the first Ski Jumping World Cup in Nizhny Tagil
(RUS). The 19-year-old Finn won with a jump on 133
m and 129.5 points ahead of Jan Matura (CZE) and
Poland's Dawid Kubacki.
Matura jumped on 130 m for 129.0 points, Kubacki
scored 127.3 points with his jump on 126 m. Jernej
Damjan, who also jumped on 126 m, followed in fourth
with 125.8 points. The fifth place went to his Slovenian
teammate Robert Kranjec with 128.5 m and 123.7 points.
Boyarintsev best Russian
Best Russian in this home event was Vladislav Boyarintsev
with 122.3 points and a good sixth place, Rune Velta
followed in seventh with 121.1 points. The good
result of the Slovenian team was completed by Nejc
Dezman, who came in eighth with 120.3 points. German
veteran Michael Neumayer was ninth (119.9 points),
his teammate Andreas Wank came in 1.3 points behind
Neumayer. Dimitry Vassiliev will compete in the
World Cup for the first time this season. In front
of his home crowd the 35-year-old finished 14th.
Czech Jakub Janda, a year older than Vassiliev,
also qualified in 15th.
Stjernen not qualified
Antonin Hajek of the Czech Republic, the two Kazakhs
Marat Zhaparov and Konstantin Sokolenko and, surprisingly,
Norway's Andreas Stjernen failed to make the cut
for the competition.
Of the group of the pre-qualified athletes, Markus
Eisenbichler, Anders Bardal, Michael Hayboeck and
Anders Fannemel were able to fly over the 130m-mark.
Fannemel showed the longest jump of the day with
World Cup leader Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic,
Simon Ammann and Noriaki Kasai will not take part
in the events in the Urals.