Piotr Żyła took 16th place – the highest Pole – in the World Cup competition in ski jumping in the Russian Nizhny Tagil. The winner was Halvor Egner Granerud, defending the Crystal Ball. Kamil Stoch and Dawid Kubacki were not in the final.
Polish jumpers will want to forget about the competition in Nizhny Tagil opening the season. The Polish team has not had such a weak cup weekend for nearly six years.
Both on Saturday and Sunday, only two players from coach Michal Dolezal were promoted to the second round. While Stoch and Kubacki realized the minimum plan in the first competition, the biggest stars failed on Sunday. Stoch was 33rd and Kubacki 35th.
Żyła in the finals managed to move from 24th to 16th place. Andrzej Stękała also appeared in the second series, but he fell from 27th to 30th place.
Those who were mentioned among the favorites before the season fought for the victory on Sunday. Granerud was already in the lead at the halfway point and finally ahead of the German winner Karl Geiger by 8.8 points. Austrian Stefan Kraft was third.
Granerud enjoyed his 12th career win. No other Norwegian can boast of such a feat.
Ryoyu Kobayashi unexpectedly missed the competition. The second Japanese on Saturday was disqualified in qualifying for an illegal suit.
In the overall standings Geiger retained the lead with 20 points ahead of Granerud.
In the Nations Cup, Germany is ahead of the Norwegians, and Poland is sixth.
The 43rd edition of the World Cup in jumping has started this weekend, and Niżny Tagił is the 11th location of the inaugural competition. For the previous four years, the cycle started in the Vistula, but it was no secret that with a little winter aura, the preparation of the Adam Małysz caused a lot of problems.
It should be easier now, because the competitions in Wisła will be held on December 4-5. In Poland, the best jumpers will still compete on January 15-16 in Zakopane.
The Aist hill (Stork) in Nizhny Tagil appeared in the cup calendar only in 2014. In total, 14 individual competitions were held there, and only Żyle managed to stand on the podium – three years ago, he was second and third.
The next competitions will be held on November 27-28 in Ruce, Finland.