Daniel Chovenig, Michael Hyebok, Jan Höhrl and Stefan Kraft won the Lahti Ski Jumping Team World Cup (FIN) on Saturday.
The Austrian quartet achieved victory against Slovenia and Poland and thus extended the lead in the Nations Cup to 1094 points (6162-5068) over number one chaser Norway with four competitions remaining.
Austria, already leading at half-time, claimed their second victory in the fourth team competition this season with a 26.2-point lead over world champions Slovenia. The Polish quad was 35.0 points behind coach Andreas Widholzel’s team, where Jan Hurl showed the longest jump of 130.0 m in the second round and Stefan Kraft collected the most points (278.7).
“It was really cool at the end when you know you’re leading about 30 points,” Stefan Kraft explained after the competition. “But it’s not that easy because you still have to keep the tension up. It’s easy to slide and you can’t stand it.” We had a really cool competition today. The trip here has really paid off.”
Norway and Germany ranked fourth and fifth.
The Norwegian has collected the most individual points Halvor Egner Granrod (288.9), ahead of the Japanese Ryu Yu Kobayashi (284.8) whose team finished seventh today despite a strong performance from Kobayashi. Switzerland came in sixth place, ahead of the Japanese.
“We had a really great competition today. The trip here has really paid off.”
Granerud is also the frontrunner for Sunday’s individual competition. Next to Granerud is Ryoyu Kobayashi, a Slovenian Anze Lanisek And Stephen Kraft is at the top of my favorites lists.
Next weekend, the three-part season finale for snowboarders—including the team competition—in the Planica ski jump (SLO) will be on the program.
The result of the Ski Jumping World Cup in Lahti on Saturday
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