Victory for Kranjec in Planica

Victory for Kranjec in Planica

For the Slovenian fans, the festivities in Planica could not start better. Robert Kranjec was simply too strong for his rivals today. The 31-year old took the lead after the first jump with 227,5 meters, which ensured him a firm lead for the second jump. Second jump was a little shorter, but 215 meters was enough for Robert to take his fourth victory in his career. At the same time, his dream came true - he always wished for a Slovenian to stand on the highest podium: "I'm happy to have achieved this. It was not easy, everybody kept telling me that I will win and that I have to win. This created a lot of pressure, but I came through in the end, today was excellent!"

The Swiss Simon Ammann took the 2nd place on the podium (212,0; 222,0), followed by Martin Koch from Austria (225,0; 218,5).

Head coach Goran Janus made a statement after the race: "Robi was jumping excellent today! I predicted this victory and also made a bet, that if he wins, he can cut my hair. He is the king of ski-flying. Also Jurij Tepeš made a great first jump, but unfortunately he made a small technical mistake for the second jump, which is a shame. Too bad Jaka also did not qualify for the finals.

Robert Kranjec also took the lead overall in the special ski-flying ranking, he has a 35-point lead before the flying Japanese Daiki Ito, who came in 4th today.

Team  competition is scheduled for tomorrow.


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