Kamil Stoch finished second at the Ski Jumping World Cup competition on a normal hill in Rasnov, Romania. The Polish triple Olympic champion launched a successful attack on the podium from the 9th place after the first round.
In the end, the Pole was overtaken only by Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan. The dominator of this season, the World Cup leader Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud was disqualified for suit irregularities after his second jump.
In his first attempt, Dawid Kubacki jumped 95.5 metres and was third halfway through the contest. Leading ex-aequo were Granerud and Austrian veteran Manuel Fettner, both on 126.1 points.
Apart from Kubacki, five other Poles won the promotion to the final round. Kamil Stoch was 9th, ahead of Piotr Żyła and Jakub Wolny (10th and 11th respectively). Klemens Murańka recorded the 14th result while Andrzej Stękała was 23rd.
Halfway through, the differences between jumpers were very close. The leader got a 15.3 point edge over the 30th athlete (on normal hill, competitors receive two points for every metre over the construction point, which in Rasnov is situated at the 90th metre).
Stoch and Żyła made remarkable progress in the final round, leaping to respectively second and fifth place. In addition, the former received the highest note for style among all the athletes. Although Kubacki did not defend his third place and fell to the 4th spot, he can be positive about the incoming Nordic Skiing World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.
The rest of the Poles jumped shorter than in the first round. Klemens Murańka was 16th, Jakub Wolny 19th, while Andrzej Stękała, who obviously feels better on larger hills, moved up to the 22nd place.
On Saturday, Rasnov will host an unusual, mixed contest - the national teams, including Poland, consisting of two male and two female jumpers will compete on the same rules as regular team events.