Polish David Kubacki is the winner of the opening of this year’s Norwegian tour. He qualified for the first race in Oslo ahead of world champion Timi Zajec, who was four tenths of a point behind.
Kubacki won the qualification, although Timi Zajac managed the longest jump. He landed at 125.5 m, half a meter further than the Pole, but in the end he fell behind by four tenths of a point. The Austrian finished the qualification third Stefan Kraftwhich landed at 122.5 m.
All six Slovenian jumpers qualified for Saturday’s competition, which will start at 2:40 p.m. in the Norwegian capital. Next to Zajc Anže Lanišekwho qualified together with the Pole Kamil Stoch finished in 6th place (121.5 m). Žiga Jelar was 27th (113 m), Deadline Buttere two places lower (112.5 m), Lovro Kos was 32nd (112.0). Through Šivanka’s ear, Domen Prevc also made it to the competition, taking 49th place with a jump of 107 m.
There will be matches in Oslo on Saturday and Sunday, then the caravan will move to Lilehammer, where there will also be two trials on the Olympic ski jump, and the tour will end with two matches on flights in Vikersund. Then comes Lahta and finally the final in Planica.
All jumps, including qualifying jumps, count in the total of the tour. The overall victory is defended by Stefan Kraft, while the best Slovenian was in fourth place last year Prices Prevc, which no longer jumps. Kraft is the main pursuer of Lanišek in the overall World Cup standings in the fight for third place.