Planica 7: After the first day, Ryoju Kobayashi leads

With the final qualifications of the 2023/24 season, the competition for a special event organized by OK Planica, called Planica 7, kicked off in Planica. In this competition, ski jumpers compete for a special prize, which will be awarded to the one who gathers the most points in seven official rounds. The winner will receive 20,000 CHF.


The Planica 7 standings include Thursday's qualifications, Friday's 1st and final rounds in the individual competition, Saturday's 1st and final rounds in the team competition, and Sunday's 1st and final rounds in the individual competition, which marks the final of this season. For the prize payout, at least 4 rounds with official results must be completed.

After the first round, the winner of the 2019 Planica 7, who also set the Planica record with a jump of 252 meters, Japanese skier Ryoju Kobayashi, is in the best position. He leads by only 0.6 points ahead of Polish jumper Piotr Zyla, with Austrian Daniel Huber trailing by 6.9 points. The best local representative is Timi Zajc, who is currently in 4th place, with an 8-point gap behind the leading Japanese skier. Timi Zajc is one of the five previous winners of Planica 7, achieving victory two years ago. Last year's winner, Stefan Kraft of Austria, is in 6th place after the first round, trailing by 11.2 points, while the 2021 winner, German Karl Geiger, is in 7th place with a gap of 14.9 points. The best from the inaugural edition in 2018, Polish jumper Kamil Stoch, is in 25th place, trailing by 36.1 points.

In the five editions of Planica 7, Zajc has finished among the top three most frequently, winning two years ago and placing third in 2019 and last year. German Markus Eisenbichler has finished among the top three twice, taking 2nd place in 2019 and 3rd place in 2021, while Kobayashi has also been on the podium twice with the aforementioned victory and a 2nd place finish in 2021.


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