Great Weekend in Finland for Slovene Jumpers

By , 27 Nov 2017, 08:00 AM Sport
Jernej Damjan at an earlier event Jernej Damjan at an earlier event Wikimedia

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First in individual, fifth in team. 

November 27, 2017

The second event of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup was held in Ruka, Finland, and saw the Slovene men’s team finish in fifth place on Saturday, while Jernej Damjan soared to first place in the individual contest on Sunday.

On Saturday the Slovene team (1009.2 points) came in fifth place to Norway’s first (1184.2), with Germany (1116.9) and Japan (1108.2) having a close contest for second and third places, and Austria (1095.4) coming in fourth. The longest flight of the day was achieved by Norway’s Janne Korhonen, with 140 m. The best jump by the Slovene’s on Saturday was Jernej Damjan’s 139 m, followed by Peter Prevc (135.5), Anze Lanisek (125) and Anze Seminic (120.5). Overall the team advanced, rising one place from its opening performance in Wisla, Poland, where they came sixth.

Slovenia’s Jernej Damjan then took the men’s individual victory on Sunday, with flights of 140 m and 142 m (well shy of the venue’s record of 148.5 m, by Eric Frenzel‎, in 2010). He was followed by Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang (136.5, 142), Germany’s Andreas Wellinger (140, 140), and Norway’s TANDE Daniel Andre Tande (138.5, 138.5), with German’s Markus Eisenbichler in fifth place (133.5, 139.5).

Damjam was the lone Slovene in the top 10, with team-mates Anze Semenic, Peter Prevc, Tilen Bartol, Anze Lanisek, and Robert Kranjec making do with places 17, 23, 29, 36, and 49, respectively.

The overall lead in the World Cup individual ranking remains with Japan’s Junshiro Kobayashi, who finished 10th on Sunday. Full results for the individual contest can be found at here, while those for the teams are here, and the next big event in the ski jumping calendar is next weekend, with the ladies’ jumps in Lillehammer, Norway.

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