Ski jumping: Kobayashi snatches victory in Planica, Żyła 10th

Thursday was not the most fortunate day for the Polish ski jumpers. Only Piotr Żyła, Jakub Wolny and Andrzej Stękała finished in the top 20 of the World Cup competition in Planica, Slovenia.

The trial jumps saw some hair raising scenes as Norwegian Daniel-Andre Tande experienced a drastic accident and hospitalisation. The first round went very badly for the most seasoned members of the Polish national team Dawid Kubacki and Kamil Stoch, who finished 31st and 32nd respectively.

Their weak performance was not the only surprise during the contest, as another Norewegian jumper, Halvor Egner Granerud, who had already secured victory in the World Cup general classification, also failed to qualify for the second round.

The winner of the contest was Ryoyu Kobayashi, who was the leader of the competition after the first round, followed by two German jumpers: Markus Eisenbichler and Karl Gieger.

Among those Poles, who qualified to the second round, Piotr Żyła finished in 10th place, Jakub Wolny was 14th and Andrzej Stękała - 18th.