JOHANSSON WON THE QUALIFICATION IN ZAKOPANE

JOHANSSON WON THE QUALIFICATION IN ZAKOPANE

AUTHOR: Sławomir Rykowski PUBLISHED AT: 12-02-2021
Robert Johansson won the qualification for Saturday's individual competition of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Zakopane. Norwegian ski jumper placed the longest jump - 137 meters (134 points) with a lead of 6,4 points over his teammate Halvor Egner Granerud. Austrian ski jumper Stefan Kraft ended up in third place. The best of the Poles, Andrzej Stękała, was fifth. There were three more Poles in the best ten - Kamil Stoch (sixth place), Klemens Murańka (seventh place), and Piotr Żyła (tenth place).
"I am pleased with today's jumps, it was a good start. It is nice to be back in Zakopane, especially with such nice, wintry weather. My qualification jump was the best one I placed here during this season. I am happy with that and I am looking forward to the upcoming competitions. My goal for this weekend is to keep the current level and place the jumps that allow me to be stable during the competitions" - said Robert Johansson.
 
55 ski jumpers from 15 countries (including 11 Poles) competed in today's competition on the most famous Polish hill. There could be more Poles starting in the qualification because during the January competitions in Zakopane the team did not use the privilege of the host to put more ski jumpers in the competition (this privilege can be used only twice during the season). All of the Polish ski jumpers who started in today's qualification will compete in Saturday's competition.
 
"The only thing I was struggling with today was the lack of the "air support" of the skies. I felt that they are falling down and I could not hang on to them. Surely, it was a result of my own mistake and therefore I have to confront my today's feelings with what had seen the coach. Today my in-run position was quite ok, but I know that I will keep working on it for the rest of my carrier. However, here I feel much more confident than I did a week ago and I am ready for the upcoming challenges" - said Kamil Stoch.
 

During the weekend there will be two individual competitions on the Wielka Krokiew hill - on Saturday the first round starts at 4 P.M. and on Sunday at 4:10 P.M.