Ski Jumping. Noriaki Kasai jumped over Okurayama (video)

The HTB Cup competition in Sapporo, already held on January 10, showed that Noriaki Kasaigo’s form is going up. The veteran then finished fourth behind Iwasa, Tochimoto and Hiroakim Watanabe. Today was even better. For the first time since last March, Kasai stood on the podium of the national competition.

In the first round the nearly 50-year-old athlete exceeded the hill size of 137 meters on the large facility in Sapporo. It is true that it reached 143 meters from a high beam and in the wind into the skis, but the jump still makes a great impression. In the second attempt he added 129.5 m, which gave him the third position behind Tomofumi Naito (135 and 141.5 m) and Yuken Iwasa (137.5 and 141 m). The fourth, Rena Nikaido, was 1.1 points ahead and thus the podium finish became a fact.

The experienced competitor had a lot of fun with the Sapporo result, but the perfectionist Kasai, as is his habit, is still a bit insatiable: “I’m happy, although I must admit that after the first jump, I even thought of winning.” I don’t really like any place other than the first. I always want to win. The pre-season training camp in Finland helped me achieve my present disposition. In nine days I lost six kilos, now weighing less than 60 kg and this is the key to good jumps – said the Japanese after the competition.

Let us remind you that according to the original calendar for this season, the Continental Cup competition was to be played during the current weekend in Sapporo.

Adrian Dworakowski, source:

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