Successful contest for Poles, Norwegians the best

Successful contest for Poles, Norwegians the best

AUTHOR: Danuta Rękawica PUBLISHED AT: 23-01-2016
Team competition in FIS Ski Jumping World Cup – Zakopane 2016 was finished yesterday. Wielka Krokiew hill was lucky for representatives of Norway - they stood on the top step of the podium. The Austrians won second place, the third was host team - Poland. It’s the second time in history when Polish team is placed on a podium in competition held in Zakopane. Three years ago Polish team was second.

Lukasz Kruczek decided that Saturday competition in Polish team will begin Andrzej Stekala, who were jumping very well on Friday. In the following groups jumped successively Maciej Kot, Stefan Hula and Kamil Stoch. After the first round the difference between leading Norwegians, and the Austrian team was small. Host team – Poland was on the third place. Poles had a dozen points to  Austrians and a similar advantage over fourth Slovenians.  From ten teams participating in the competition Russia and Kazahstan didn’t get promotion to the second serie.

All of Polish athletes presented solid and equal jumps, but the furthest in the Polish team in both series was Kamil Stoch, who reached 134.5 and 132 meters. Two jumps above 130 metres had also Maciej Kot. - I am aware of the fact that in front of me there is a long way to perfect jumping, but I feel that my jumps are going in the right direction. As always the audience in Zakopane helped us and give us power to  present long jumps, said after the competition Kamil Stoch.

The key to victory for the Norwegians were equal and long jumping of every athlete in the team. Andreas Stjernen and Daniel Andre Tande in their groups achieved the best results. Kenneth Gangnes in the first serie was the third of the ten jumping and in the second he was the best in his group. Almost the same situation was with Andreas Fannemel. He was fourth in the first series, the best in the other. - It was very, very good competition for our team. We can say that it was so successful as the last World Championship. I'm really proud of my team, said Andreas Stjernen.