Andreas Kofler (AUT), Anders Bardal (NOR), Noriaki Kasai (JPN) (l-r)
ANDERS BARDAL WINS IN FRONT OF HIS HOME CROWD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Anders Bardal (NOR, Fischer) succeeded in World Cup event in his home town Trondheim. Second went to Andreas Kofler (AUT, Fischer) followed by Noriaki Kasai (JPN, Fischer).
Triumph on his home hill
Never before Anders Bardal succeeded in a World Cup event on Norwegian grounds - until now. Today the 31-year-old secured victory even on his home hill in Trondheim. The competition was held under difficult conditions, head winds and tail winds were constantly changing. Anders Bardal was one out of three athletes who made it over 130 metres in both rounds and he was 4.4 points ahead of Andreas Kofler after both jumps. Noriaki Kasai celebrated third spot but suffered with knee problems after his final jump again. Roman Koudelka (CZE, Fischer) showed an excellent first jump with early bib six which brought him the lead after the first jump. In the final round he dropped back to fourth spot due to the strongest tail winds of all 30 athletes followed by Reruhi Shimizu (JPN, Fischer) who realized his carreer's best. Jernej Damjan (SLO, Fischer) increased from 16 to 6 in the final, Severin Freund (GER, Fischer) even from 22 to 7. Michael Hayböck (AUT, Fischer) finished eighth ahead of Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer) who was one of very few athletes suffered with tail winds already in the first round - nevertheless in overall World Cup ranking he extended his lead against Peter Prevc (SLO) who didn't make the cut for top 30.