Ski jumping: Kamil Stoch third in Willingen

Kamil Stoch finished third in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup contest held on the Mühlenkopfschanze hill in Willingen, Germany.

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Stoch was the leader of the contest after the first round. He recorded 139.5m in his jump. Second place went to Germany’s Stephan Leyhe (also 139.5m) and third - for Marius Lindvik, representing Norway, who flew 140m but was rated lower than the top two jumpers. The leader of the overall World Cup classification, Stefan Kraft, was fourth after the first attempt.

Dawid Kubacki flew 135m and Jakub Wolny 135.5, which gave them the 9th and 10th positions respectively.

The remaining Poles did not make it to the second round. Piotr Żyła jumped 124m, Aleksander Zniszczoł flew 123m, Klemens Murańka - 121m, while Andrzej Stękała only 112m.

The competition between the top three rivals in the second round was very interesting. Lindvik flew 143m and took over the lead form Kraft. Leyhe responded with a 144.5-metre-long jump that outran the Norwegian jumper.

Kamil Stoch did not stand a chance against such good jumping. He recorded only 137.5m which only allowed him to finish the contest in third place. It was the 70th podium in his career.

Wolny did not perform as well as in the first phase. He flew only 126.5m and dropped to 23rd position.

After jumping 129.5m, Kubacki also dropped several positions down and was placed 15th in the final standing of the contest.

It was the first victory in the career of Stephan Leyhe. Stefan Kraft remained the leader of the general classification of the World Cup. Kubacki is third, and Stoch - sixth.

In the classification of the “Willingen 5”, which includes the results of Friday’s qualification round and two rounds from each of both contests, Stoch holds fifth place.

Willingen is considered as a very symbolic hill for Polish fans of ski jumping. On February 3, 2001, during the World Cup contest held on Mühlenkopfschanze, Polish champion Adam Małysz flew 151.5m which was one of the most memorable attempts in his whole career. For the next four years, it was the hill record.

The second contest in Willingen will be held on Sunday.