Austrian victory in Zakopane

Austrian victory in Zakopane

AUTHOR: Danuta Rękawica PUBLISHED AT: 24-01-2016
Individual competition in FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Zakopane 2016 was very lucky for Austrian athletes. The victory went to Stefan Kraft, right behind him was Michael Hayboeck. The third step of a podium was for Slovenian World Cup leader Peter Prevc. The best Pole, Kamil Stoch, was eighth. Sunday's competition in Zakopane was watched by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The special guest took part in a decoration ceremony.

First positions weren’t for Poles, hoverer it was quite good competition for Polish ski jumpers. Leader of the host team – Kamil Stoch was jumping equal and after two nice jumps he was placed 8th. Maciej Kot was placed tenth after first serie, but the second jump was less successful and he fell to 12th position. In the first twenty were still David Kubacki - 16th and Andrzej Stekala - 17th. The youngest in the Polish team Stekala landed on a distance of 124.5 and 128 meters. Stefan Hula and Jakub Wolny were classificated in the third ten of the competition.

- I’m the most satisfied with the work I have done here. The whole weekend was very difficult because I didn’t want to disappoint the expectations of our fans, who were counting on our good and long jumps. I had to climb up to the highest mental abilities and I had to find strength, which I had last year. Eighth place I take as a reward for the work I have done over the last week,  summed up the leader of the Polish national team, Kamil Stoch.

After the first serie Peter Prevc was first - he jumped 140 metres. It’s only a half meter less than Simon Ammann hill record from 2010. Second, after the jump at a distance of 133 metres, was Stefan Kraft. The Norwegian Kenneth Gangnes and Austrian Michael Hayboeck got jumps 130.5 meters long and that gave them both the same - third position. In the second serie Hayboeck’s 138 meters allowed him to jump on the second place in the whole competition. Peter Prevc at the second attempt received only the fifth result, which pushed him to the lowest step of the podium. The victory of Stefan Kraft was given by two equal jumps at the same distance of 133 meters. – I am very happy with this competition. In Zakopane, as always was great, but the most important is the result. In this season, I was several times close behind a podium, so now the more I am glad that I was able to jump in. The first jump was great, the weather conditions were good also,  said after competition the winner of FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Zakopane, Stefan Kraft.