First competition of the final FIS Ski Jumping World Cup weekend was won by Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan. He was the leading ski jumper after the first round. Kobayashi claimed best distances both in first and second round of the competition with 235,5 meters and 244,5 meters. After the competition, he said: ''I'm very satisfied with my performance today and I hope I can show some good jumps in the upcoming three days here in Planica''. Second place went to German Markus Eisenbichler, who jumped 232,5 meters and 238,5 meters. Third was another German, Karl Geiger, with 224,5 meters and 238 meters.
All ten home representatives qualified for the final round. Best Slovenians were local Bor Pavlovčič with 5th place, with 231,5 and 228,5 meters, and Domen Prevc at 8th place, who flew 231 and 222 meters. Žiga Jelar finished 17th (213/224,5m). Peter Prevc was 19th with jumps of 212 and 220,5 meters. Other Slovenian finalists were placed from 25th to 30th.
''I felt really good. My jumps were a bit better, especially the second jump in the final round. Telemark wasn't my friend today but overall I'm really happy with the second jump and second place here. It's good to be back to the podium.''
''Today, in the first round I didn't show my best jump, on the other hand, the second one was really good. I'm happy that I managed to perform that great and fight for the podium.''
Tomorrows competition in Planica starts at 15.00. Qualifications start at 13.30.
Ryoyu Kobayashi took the win in Thursday's first competition in Planica. Best home representative was Bor Pavlovčič.