Polish ski jumpers unbeatable

Polish ski jumpers Piotr Zyla, Jakub Wolny, Dawid Kubacki (all POL) and Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer) were in a class of their own in the team competition in Willingen (GER). Second place went to Germany with Karl Geiger, Richard Freitag, Markus Eisenbichler (all GER, Fischer) and local hero Stephan Leyhe (GER) ahead of Slovenia with Anze Semenic (SLO), Peter Prevc (SLO, Fischer), Jernej Damjan and Timi Zajc (both SLO).

The Polish quartet was unbeatable on the large hill in Willingen. They were so superior that they could afford two shorter jumps on 129 and 120.5 meters and nevertheless triumphed with almost 80 points ahead - that's about 44 meters wide difference. In the end, the second best team was the German quartet, who were only fourth after the first round. Karl Geiger turned the tide in front of the cheering audience in the final and his teammates kept the second place until the end. The third place between Slovenia and Norway was fought until the last jump - bad style points of Robert Johansson (NOR) were the decisive factor in favor of the Slovenes. The Norwegians left the injured Daniel Andre Tande and Andreas Stjernen (both NOR) at home, but at least Stjernen should be available for the World Championships after his crash in Lahti. Tande suffers from a painful knee joint effusion - whether ligaments are injured, is not known. Just behind Slovenia and Norway, Japan and Austria finished fifth and sixth.

=> HS145 Team Willingen (GER)