Norway’s Anders Bardal claimed his first individual victory of the season on Wednesday after the defending overall world cup champion won the large hill discipline at Wisla Poland – the 12th event of the calendar.
The 30-year-old reached the top of the podium with two leaps of 130 and 128 metres. Bardal ended the day with a total of 264.4 points.
With overall world cup pace setter Gregor Schlierenzauer missing the competition through illness Bardal nibbled away at the runaway leader’s advantage. He is now 333 points behind the Austrian in second place.
After a second place in Sochi in December Germany’s Richard Freitag was again runner up. The 21-year-old jumped 131 and 126.5 metres to garner 252.2 points.
Freitag moved up to 6th in the overall standings 540 points adrift with 16 events left to go before the end of the season.
Rune Velta made sure two Norwegians were on the podium with a third place finish. Velta jumped 127 and 126 metres for 251 points. It was the 23-year-old’s first individual podium finish of his career.