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Ski jumping: Dawid Kubacki denies Halvor Egner Granerud’s third victory within the 4-Hills-Tournament 2022/23

Ski jumping: Dawid Kubacki denies Halvor Egner Granerud's third victory in the 4-Hills-Tournament 2022/23

Dawid Kubacki ended a great few days with a win in Innsbruck, Austria on Wednesday (January 4).

The Pole extended his lead in the World Cup with a first victory in the 4-Hills-Tournament from Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year’s Day 2021.

Leading Tuesday’s qualifying, Kubacki was nearly seven points clear in the first round, scoring 137.4 with a jump of 127.0m.

Halvor Egner Granerudwho won the first two 4-Hills competitions in Oberstdorf and Garmisch, was only sixth after the first round, but made a great second jump on 133.0 m, putting pressure on his rivals.

No one managed to exceed his total of 261.7 before Kubacki’s last jump.

And the 4-Hills-Champion 2019/2020 jumped 121.5 m with a total of 265.2 points, ahead of the Norwegian by 3.5 points.

Kubacki later told the FIS: “It was a great day on the hill. I think I did a really good job. Amazing jumps, amazing competition and with all the spectators here it was a real pleasure to be here.”

Slovenia Anze Lanisek he stood on the podium again, taking third place, although he already loses 128 points to Kubacki in the World Cup classification.

A household favourite Stefan Kraft he was fourth, ahead of the three-time Olympic champion Kamil Stoch with the Beijing 2022 Olympic champion on the large hill Mariusz Lindvik returns to form in sixth place.

Two-time Four Hills Champion Kobayashi Ryoyu he was eliminated in the first round after losing in a duel with the Slovene Timi Zajc.

The 4-Hills final will take place on Friday in Bischofshofen, Austria, and Kubacki seems to be the only man who can deny Granerud the title.

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