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Wellinger secures German gold in normal hill ski jump as favourites struggle

Wellinger wins ski jump opener

German ski jumper Andreas Wellinger claimed his first major individual title as he took Olympic gold in the normal hill at Alpensia Resort.

A team gold medallist on the large hill at Sochi 2014, the 22-year-old produced a mighty leap of 113.5 metres to take victory at PyeongChang 2018, having sat in fifth place after the first round of the final.

Silver and bronze for Norway

Wellinger scored a clearcut victory by almost 10 points from Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang with Robert Johannson taking bronze after he jumped 113.5 metres in round two to rise from 10th place into the medals.

Forfang and Johannson were both members of Norway’s victorious team at last month’s Ski Flying World Championships in Obertsdorf.

Favourites struggle

In a competition interrupted by gusting winds, the pre-event favourites failed to deliver when it mattered most.

Defending champion Kamil Stoch was second behind fellow Pole Stefan Hula going into the final round, but jumps of 105.5 metres saw them finish fourth and fifth with Stoch just four-tenths of a point outside the medals.

Austria’s 2017 double world champion Stefan Kraft was sixth after the first round but a sub-par effort of 103.0 metres left him down the field in 16th.

Looking ahead

Wellinger was top in qualification and is clearly enjoying conditions in PyeongChang with training for the large hill competition beginning on Wednesday.

Having relinquished his normal hill crown, Stoch starts the defence of his large hill title on Friday with the final taking place on Sunday 18th February.


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