Stefan Kraft won the individual ski flying competition in Planica on Saturday. The man from Salzburg celebrated his 30th World Cup victory with a 239.5 m flight and is therefore only ten points behind the Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud, who only finished fourth on Saturday, in the fight for the small crystal globe in ski flying before the season finale on Sunday became.
Kraft won with 240.5 points, 5.8 points ahead of Slovenia’s Anze Lanisek and 7.2 ahead of Poland’s Piotr Zyla. He is second in the overall World Cup and Austria can theoretically no longer lose the Nations Cup.
“That was the best jump”
“So cool. I was brutally nervous, there’s such a mood here. It was a bit too late again, but it works better, as you can see. But that was definitely the best jump now,” Kraft said on ORF TV -Interview. He was particularly pleased that his flight was rewarded with three top marks of 20.0. “It was a very nice telemark at almost 240 m, cool that this is recognized.”
Good chances of small crystal ball
Kraft now has excellent chances for the small crystal ball in ski flying on Sunday, he is only ten points short of overall winner Granerud in the special classification. “Ten points is a touch of nothing and that will certainly be very exciting tomorrow.”
The second best Austrian in the competition, which was only completed in one round – as planned after the postponement – was Jan Hörl, who finished fifth with 236 m. The distance is the best he has ever put in the run. “It’s a lot of fun, personal best is amazing.” It didn’t bother him that he finished fifth again. “Now I’ve finished fifth for the sixth time, that’s my regular place,” he said with a laugh. “Of course I want to go further up the field, but I’m super happy.”
Immediately afterwards, the team competition took place. Austria competes with Daniel Tschofenig, Michael Hayböck, Hörl and final jumper Kraft.