Germany’s Severin Freund wins World Cup ski jump
KUOPIO, Finland (AP) Germany’s Severin Freund leapt to his sixth victory of the season in a World Cup ski jump on Tuesday.
In an event moved to a normal size hill and reduced to one round, Freund jumped 103.5 meters for 139.3 points.
Anders Bardal of Norway was second with a 102.5 meter-jump worth 135.9 points. Austria’s Stefan Kraft shared third with Switzerland’s Simon Ammann with 132.5 points.
World Cup leader Petr Prevc of Slovenia managed only a 17th-place finish and dropped to third in the standings.
Kraft moved top with 1,368 points, followed by Freund on 1,343 and Prevc with 1,329.
Windy conditions at the large hill forced organizers to cancel qualifying on Monday night and Tuesday morning. The event was moved to the nearby normal size hill, where one trial round was completed. In competition, though, some jumpers were still badly affected by side winds after take-off and looked very unstable, with their arms flailing in the air.