Rune Velta (NOR), Robert Kranjec (SLO), Martin Koch (AUT) (l-r)
ROBERT KRANJEC IS NEW SKI FLYING WORLD CHAMPION
Robert Kranjec (SLO, Fischer) secured gold medal in ski flying in Vikersund. The Slovenian won ahead of Rune Velta (NOR, Fischer) and Martin Koch (AUT, Fischer).
Difficult wind conditions
The individual competition in Vikersund was clearly influenced by difficult wind conditions. Originally four rounds were planned as in every ski flying World Champs but yesterday the first round had to be cancelled five jumpers before the end after waiting for hours. Instead of that three rounds were planned for today but only two could be held. Today were very strong winds, too - a strong upcurrent in the first round and even tailwind during the second half of the final round. The athletes needs to have good luck on their side.
Kranjec becomes World Champion, Koch falls
Nevertheless with Robert Kranjec one of the best ski flyers camne out on top. He celebrated victory after flights at 217,5 and 244 metres three points ahead of local hero Rune Velta who was in the lead after the first round. Frustration was written on Martin Koch's face after his final jump which ended in third place. The Carinthian landed with his weight nearly at one foot and the absolute top favorite for World Championship fell in the outrun. Severin Freund (GER, Fischer) could be very happy with his final jump under worst conditions and moved up from six to four. Daiki Ito (JPN, Fischer) was ranked fifth ahead of Andreas Kofler (AUT, Fischer) and Anders Bardal (NOR, Fischer). Eighth went to Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, Fischer) followed by Richard Freitag (GER, Fischer) and Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer).