STA, 27 January 2019 - Timi Zajc, a 18-year-old ski jumping talent who made his World Cup debut in the last season, bagged his first medal in Japan's Sapporo. He won silver with 238.8 points, while gold went to Austria's Stefan Kraft (248.2 points) and bronze to Japan's Ryoyu Kobayashi (236.6).
Zajc's previous best result was fifth place in Wisla, Poland, last November. "It's great! I'm very happy to have won my first medal. It was definitely worth to take the long journey to Japan," said Zajc, who won Slovenia its 203rd medal in ski jumping World Cup.
"I will never forget this day, my first podium result. I'm very happy with my jumps and I hope to continue in this style."
Other Slovenian ski jumpers did well too, with Anže Lanišek (224.6 points) finishing eleventh, Domen Prevc (220.4) 13th, Anže Semenič (198.6) 24th, and Tilen Bartol (178.4) 29th.
The team coach Gorazd Bertoncelj said this was the most successful event for the Slovenian team this season.
Slovenia will compete with seven ski jumpers in Oberstdorf next weekend.