Ski jumping: Norwegians dominate, Poles underperform in Zakopane

No Poles managed to reach the podium at the World Cup competition in the Polish ski resort of Zakopane on Sunday.

This season’s dominant force, the Norwegian Halver Egner Granerud jumped 132 m and led the competition after the first round.

The Poles did not perform well in the difficult wind conditions, with only three of them advancing to the second round.

Dawid Kubacki had the best jump of the Poles in the second round and finished sixth. Klemens Murańka came in on19th place, followed by Kamil Stoch (268.2 points) on 23rd.

Norwegian Halver Egner Granerud kept his head cool and took first place with the last jump of the competition. The Slovene Anže Lanišek came in second while the Norwegian Robert Johansson claimed third place.

Zakopane’s hometown hope, Andrzej Stękała, delivered a good jump in the first round but was disqualified for jumping with too long skis.

Zakopane was awarded the event after the Chinese authorities decided to cancel the event planned for Zhangjiakou due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Chinese city will be the location where the world’s ski jumping elite compete at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing 2022.