Four Hills ski jump soars to a late start

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By Euronews
Four Hills ski jump soars to a late start

Bad weather postponed ski jumping’s Four Hills tour for a day, but it kicked off in style on Monday (December 29).

Austrian Stefan Kraft won the opening event in the German resort of Oberstdorf. He soared into a first round lead with a jump of 136.5 metres.

A second jump of 129 saw him finish 6.9 points ahead, with a score of 291.9.

Second place on Monday went to another Austrian.

Michael Hayboeck jumped 137.5 and 132.5 metres.

His jumps saw him take a one point lead in the overall World Cup standings. Norway’s Anders Fennemel, who finished sixth in the event, now moves down to second place overall.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia came in third. His jumps of 139.5 and 125.5 metres earned him 283.9 points.

The best-placed German was homegrown favourite Severin Freund, who placed 13th on Monday.

The next stop for the Four Hills tour will be in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where the competition resumes on Thursday.