Ryoyu Kobayashi is the winner of the 4-Hills-Tournament

Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi triumphed in the 4-Hills-Tournament for the second time in his career. However, he did not manage to win the “Grand Slam” again, because the final competition in Bischofshofen was won by the Austrian Daniel Huber. The second place in the entire tournament was taken by Norwegian Marius Lindvik, and third – by his compatriot Halvor Egner Granerud. The best Pole in the Thursday competition was Piotr Żyła, who took 13th place.

Kobayashi had previously won three tournament competitions and was aiming for the “Grand Slam”, which would be a repeat of his feat three years ago and a historic achievement. This time the Japanese had to settle for three “stage” wins, which was enough for him to triumph in a great style throughout the tournament. He was fifth in the final competition (133.5 m and 133.5 m).

After the first series, Kobayashi’s advantage over Lindvik increased. The Norwegian did not show off, jumping only 126 m. However, he did not fold his arms and flew to 139 m in the second round, which allowed him to maintain his second position throughout the tournament. The third throw to the tape was achieved by Granerud (136.5 and 136 m), pushing Karl Geiger off the tournament podium (140.5 and 132 m).

In the general classification of the tournament, Piotr Żyła was 15th, Dawid Kubacki – 22nd, Jakub Wolny – 35th, Paweł Wąsek – 48th, Andrzej Stękała – 51st, and Kamil Stoch – 53rd.

In the last six years, the 4-Hills-Tournament has become the domain of Poles and Kobayashi.

Since 2017, three victories in the general classification were achieved by Kamil Stoch, one by Dawid Kubacki, and two by Ryoyu Kobayashi.

The Austrian Daniel Huber turned out to be the unexpected winner of the final competition (136.5 m and 137 m), who won the first World Cup competition in his home country. He was ahead of Granerud and Geiger on the podium of the competition.

Lovro Kos showed himself with a great jump on 144 m in the final. The young Slovene did an excellent job in TCS, but on Wednesday he missed a podium finish in the general classification, falling in the first competition series.

The Austrian Manuel Fettner, who fell after his 132m jump, had a problem in qualifying the day before, but the jump stopped when he landed on one ski because the other ski unhooked when landing.

In the first series, during the KO competition, there was a “fratricidal” clash between Poles. Piotr Żyła by 2.4 points defeated Dawid Kubacki, despite the fact that both landed on 128 m. Ultimately, Kubacki also found himself in the second series among the top five “lucky losers”.

Żyła did well in the final, jumping 134 m (13th place). Kubacki only reached 123 m (27th place).

Andrzej Stękała said goodbye to the competition quicklywho lost the competition to Austrian Clemens Aigner. The Pole jumped 123 meters and his rival 5.5 meters further. Stękała finished the competition in 39th place.

In today’s qualifications, Jakub Wolny and Paweł Wąsek were eliminated.

Next World Cup competitions will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Bischofshofen.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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