Japan’s Kobayashi regains the lead in the Ski Jumping World Cup

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Willingen (Germany) (AFP) – Japanese star Ryoyu Kobayashi started the final ski jumping weekend before the Winter Olympics with victory in Willingen to reclaim the World Cup lead on Saturday.

The Four Hills champion emerged victorious in a large hill event that was reduced to a single jump due to bad weather.

Kobayashi, who won the overall title in 2019, soared 145 meters and scored 115.6 points, beating Norway’s Halvor Egner Granerud by four points.

The 25-year-old is now 27 points ahead of former leader Karl Geiger in the overall standings after the German could only finish 19th on snow at home.

“Of course, I’m happy with my victory. I was also lucky with the conditions today, but that’s what you need to finish on top on days like today. It was really difficult,” Kobayashi told the FIS website after his 26th World Cup. Cup victory.

Granerud’s compatriot Marius Lindvik completes the podium.

On the women’s side, Austria’s Marita Kramer continued her dominance of the season, claiming her sixth victory in 10 competitions this season.

The jumpers return for the big springboard events on Sunday, before leaving for the Beijing Games, which open on Friday.

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