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Zakopane: Historic victory for Stefan Kraft

2024-01-22 · 10:13

With his seventh win of the season, Stefan Kraft is on the World Cup podium for the 109th time in his career. More than anyone else before him. He also wins the overall ranking of the PolSKI Tour with the Austrian team.

After the World Cup in Szczyrk was stopped prematurely after 40 jumpers due to the wind conditions during the week, the third and final stage of the PolSKI Tour was already on the program this weekend.

On Friday, the qualification for the individual competition on Sunday took place on the large hill in Zakopane.

The winner of Wisla, Ryōyū Kobayashi, secured victory ahead of Germany's Andreas Wellinger and Austria's Manuel Fettner.

Saturday - Team jumping

Four jumpers from each nation competed in the classic team jumping competition on Saturday.

In a dominant competition, the Austrians (1146.6 points) with Michael Hayböck, Manuel Fettner, Jan Hörl and Stefan Kraft were able to celebrate.

They beat the Slovenians (1095.5 points) led by Lovro Kos, Domen Prevc, Peter Prevc and Anže Lanišek by a margin of 51.1 points, making the overall standings of the PolSki Tour even more exciting ahead of the individual competition on Sunday.

The podium was completed by the German quartet of Pius Paschke, Karl Geiger, Stephan Leyhe and Andreas Wellinger (1062.8 points).

Sunday - Individual jumping

Excitement was guaranteed in the individual competition:

Only 0.5 points decided Andreas Wellinger's second place (327.8 points) and Anže Lanišek's third place (327.3 points).

In the end, Stefan Kraft was once again at the top. The leader in the overall World Cup rankings secured his seventh victory in the 2023/24 season and had two reasons to celebrate:

Firstly, he set a historic record with a total of 109 podium finishes in his career. The previous record holder was ski jumping legend Janne Ahonen with 108 podium finishes.

In addition to Kraft's individual success, the Austrian team was also able to celebrate overall victory in the PolSKi Tour, which overtook the Slovenians thanks in particular to Stefan Kraft's strong performance.

To the official final results 

Final result of the PolSki-Tour

The ski jumpers can now take a short break before the Ski Flying World Championships take place at Kulm next weekend.

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