STA, 19 January 2020 - Slovenia's ski jumper Timi Zajc placed third in Sunday's World Cup event in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, in what is his best result this winter season.
Pole Dawid Kubacki was victorious for the second straight day, scoring 283.3 points, 0.3 points ahead of Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, who came in third at the same venue yesterday. Zajc mustered 271.6 points.
Kubacki and Kobayashi were a class apart in the first series, securing an advantage of more than 10 points ahead of the rest, while the battle for the third spot was wide open.
Going into the finals, Slovenia had two contenders for the remaining slot on the podium, Domen Prevc, who placed 5th in the first series, and Timi Zajc in 7th.
Zajc jumped 134 metres to take the lead, while losing minimum wind compensation points. Domen Prevc was very late into his jump, making it only as far as 113 metres.
Zajc's is only the fourth podium finish for Slovenia this season, after Anže Lanišek placed second in Poland's Wisla and third in Ruka, Finland, and Peter Prevc finished second in Engelberg, Switzerland.
Zajc was Slovenia's best jumper last season, finishing 9th overall.