After yesterday's qualification victory, the Japanese athlete secures overall victory at the Four Hills Tournament for the third time.
It's done! The decision day in Bischofshofen is over and the overall winner has been crowned!
But first things first: It had snowed a little overnight in Bischofshofen, but the Paul-Außerleitner-Schanze was still in perfect condition.
14,300 spectators did not want to miss the showdown for the overall winner of the tour and created a worthy atmosphere for the final.
Excitement was guaranteed right from the start. In the overall standings, Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi (857.6 points) was just ahead of Germany's Andreas Wellinger (852.8 points) and Austria's Jan Hörl (834.0 points).
Kobayashi already showed his title ambitions in the knockout duels. His jump of 137 meters meant first place after the first round and the first preliminary decision in the battle for the golden eagle.
There was plenty of excitement in the grand final. In the end, Austria's Stefan Kraft secured the day's victory in Bischofshofen with 288.9 points in front of his home crowd. As in the previous competitions, Ryōyū Kobayashi came second (287.6 points). The podium was completed by Slovenia's Anže Lanišek (281.8 points).
With his four second places in the tour, Kobayashi also secured the overall victory of the 72nd Four Hills Tournament ahead of Andreas Wellinger and Stefan Kraft. This is the Japanese athlete's third tour victory after 2019 and 2022.
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all the fans who contributed to this unforgettable event.
Two individual competitions were on the schedule at the World Cup in Japan. In the end, the Austrian and the Slovenian secured victory.
Lovro Kos and Stefan Kraft both won the individual competitions in the USA. In the Super Team competition, the Austrians won just ahead of Germany.