Kenneth Gangnes leads ski flying worlds after 2 heats
BAD MITTERNDORF, Austria (AP) Kenneth Gangnes of Norway held a narrow lead over Four Hills champion Peter Prevc of Slovenia after the first two heats of the ski flying world championship on Friday.
Prevc set a hill record by soaring 243 meters in his first effort but fell behind after landing 213.5 meters in the second heat from a shortened platform. Gangnes had efforts of 236 and 216 meters to collect 419.4 points. Prevc had 418.1 points after wind conditions had been factored in.
Stefan Kraft of Austria was third (415.6 points), Johann Andre Forfang of Norway was fourth (415) and 43-year-old Noriaki Kasai of Japan was fifth (409) after posting the second longest effort of the day at 240.5 meters in his first heat.
The competition concludes Saturday with two more jumps.