Johann Andre Forfang, Marius Lindvik

Johann Andre Forfang, Marius Lindvik

Marius Lindvik became the Norwegian team's best man in Sunday's World Cup race in Villingen after landing twice over 142 metres.

Ski jumper Rælingen had a podium place within reach, but couldn't quite keep up with the competitors in the final round with several buoys over 150 metres. Lindvik finished fourth after a semi-completed competition.

The solid length from the first jump was also copied by Lindvik in the second. He went on to finish fifth at the end.

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German Andreas Fellinger jumped from seventh place before the final match to victory. With a distance of 149 meters on his final swing, he beat Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan and Gregor Deschwanden of Switzerland.

The latter achieved a huge height of 152 meters in the second jump, one meter ahead of Slovenian Timi Zajek, who ranked seventh, and who achieved the longest jump in the competition.

Norwegian anti-climax

The day after Johan Andre Forfang's record of 155.5 metres, and Norway's first World Cup victory of the season, the same man failed to follow up the sensational record.

Tromsøværingen was somewhat behind in his attempt on the first jump. Despite favorable wind conditions, Forfang was forced to settle at 130 metres, more than 25 meters behind the record lift he set on Saturday on the same hill.

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There was a place in the final round for Saturday's jackpot winner, but he did not make the top 20.

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On his second flight, Forfang showed some of his best strokes again and landed at 143 metres. Thus, he rose a number of places in the final results and was ranked 14th.

Heavy rain

One of the others who failed more was Germany's hope Karl Geiger. He fell at an altitude of 127.5 meters and did not qualify for the second round.

In the rainy region of Villingen, with windy conditions that can once again invite the more fortunate to take long ski jumps, the results were sometimes greatly affected. The wet and shiny ice on the top round was also a factor that played a role in a number of jumpers.

– The amount of water flowing in this path is extremely huge. There are grooves that slope downward, drawing out part of the water. If all of that were taken to the edge of the jump, it would be like hydroplaning, Viaplay expert Anders Jacobsen pointed out.

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Poland's Aleksandar Zneczzul was the first jumper to get a good payday in the first round with a jump of 146 metres. This gave him a clear lead of more than 30 points before the final 20 competitors even began to compete.

Zniszczol also led the race after the first lap, 12.4 points ahead of Kobayashi. Slovenian Lovro Kos was another 1.2 points behind the pole. Both Zniszczol and Kos traveled several meters on their final jumps and fell from their stances.

Return and fail

Robin Pedersen was the first Norwegian to race in Willingen, the day after teammate Forfang's record and victory on the hill. With 136 metres, Pedersen was able to take 14th place at the halfway point, and was still in the lead when about a third of the jumpers completed the first round.

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The experienced Robert Johansson returns to the Norwegian team for Sunday's race. He landed half a meter shorter than Pedersen, but he also reached the final without any problems.

With new drops of 135 and 128.5 meters in the second half of the race, the duo of Johansson and Pedersen finished 17th and 19th respectively.

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Kristoffer Eriksen Sundahl secured his first World Cup podium on Saturday when he finished a strong third.

The next day, the aggressively attacking Cullenhope athlete was on the verge of the jump in the first half, and was penalized just 124.5 metres. It wasn't good enough to earn a spot in the final round for Sundal, who only had the No. 38.

Benjamin Ostvold rose to 128.5 metres. Thus, he was able to secure a place in the final as the 30th man in the first round. He moved up two notches to 28th place with a distance of 125.5 meters on his final jump.

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