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Kraft wins in Sapporo - Leyhe as best German on place 2

2020-02-03 · 11:56

The ski jumping weekend in Sapporo (Japan) had a lot to offer. The first World Cup jumping competition on Saturday was won by Yukiya Sato and on Sunday Stefan Kraft could not be passed. Of the German athletes, Stephan Leyhe, with the longest jump of the whole competition, could call up his best performance and secured the 2nd place on Sunday.

On both days the athletes had to struggle with difficult, constantly changing conditions. With two very good jumps on 137,5 and 138,5 meters the Japanese Yukiya Sato won the FIS World Cup on Saturday. Although the 24-year-old was a bit lucky that the wind was favourable for him during his jumps, he deservedly landed on 1st place. 10. 2 points behind Sato, Stefan Kraft found himself in second place, ahead of Poland's Dawid Kubacki, who ended up in third place. On Sunday the ski jumpers had to face difficult conditions again. Nevertheless, the Austrian Stefan Kraft managed to jump to the first place with two outstanding jumps of 139 meters each, thus securing his second World Cup victory this season. Stephan Leyhe also had a good day. The German jumped a good 125 meters in the first run, but followed up in the second run and landed on 2nd place with his jump of 142 meters. And this even though he was in eighth place before. The last time Leyhe stood on the podium was in November 2018 in Wisla. Ryoyu Kobayashi also had a place on the podium. The Japanese jumped, in front of his home crowd, 128. 5 and 132. 0 meters and landed on place 3. For the overall World Cup ranking this means a further extension of the lead from Stefan Kraft (1063 points) to Karl Geiger (1000 points), who finished 11th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday.

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