Nordic Ski World Championship has started and Ski Jumping is on ym radar
For us Germans it was a pleasure to see that Markus Eisenbichler underlined his medal ambitions at the Nordic World Championships with his victory in the qualification. Second place also goes to a DSV-Adler aka German ski jumping team eagle.
Markus Eisenbichler has the first victory in his pocket, the fight for the world championship gold can come: Germany's great hope for ski jumping had already let the muscles play the day before the medal decision and won the qualification at Bergisel with a very strong performance.
Another German - Karl Geiger from Siegsdorf - finished second in the preliminary - the big throw seems to be possible for the German team - but who knows!?
"I just did some great jumps today and I'm just looking forward to tomorrow," said Eisenbichler on ORF (Austrian TV). The 27-year-old, 2017 World Championship third from the normal hill, flew in rainy weather in the yawning empty Innsbruck stadium at 128.5 m and must now be considered one of the big favourites for the jumping tomorrow (from 2.30pn CET), whether he likes it or not.
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"I don't care what the other people say, I'm just having fun jumping at the moment," said Eisenbichler: "I don't really plan much, just want to show good jumps tomorrow, and then I'll see what comes out."
Geiger also gave a very promising performance, the Oberstdorfer even achieved the best distance of 131.0 m on the day with slightly better wind conditions. Richard Freitag (Aue), the last German Innsbruck winner at the 2014/15 Tournament to date, came 14th with 119.5 m, while Olympic Champion Andreas Wellinger (Ruhpolding) finished 15th with the same distance.
Eisenbichler's biggest competitors did not do any harm, but were a bit behind. Overall World Cup leader Ryoyu Kobayashi (Japan) finished fourth with 126.0m. Defending champion Stefan Kraft (Austria) came in tenth with 118.5m. Olympic champion Kamil Stoch (Poland) jumped 120.0 m and finished eleventh. "In any case, the Germans are really strong," said Kraft in answer to the question of favourites.