Halvor Egner Granerud showed why he is the man most likely to win the 4-Hills-Tournament 2022/23 with a first place qualifier in Bischofshofen, Austria on Thursday (January 5).
The Norwegian who was second Dawid Kubacki in Innsbruck, after winning the first two competitions in Oberstdorf and Garmish-Partenkirchen, he jumped 137.0 m with a score of 151.9.
World Cup leader Kubacki went further with a jump of 137.5 m, but had less wind compensation and style points as the Pole finished second that day with a score of 147.5.
Granerud is ahead of Kubacki by 23.3 points in Friday’s Four Hills final.
Slovenia Anze Laniseksecond in the World Cup classification behind Kubacki, he was third in the qualifications with a score of 143.7, just ahead of the three-time Olympic champion of Poland Kamil Stoch (143.3) and Michael Hayboeck (143.1).
another Austrian, Stefan Krafthe was sixth with a score of 139.9.
Two-time Four Hills Champion Kobayashi Ryoyu he had his best performance in some time at number eight.
Manuel Fettnerwho in 2001 declared himself an athlete to watch by finishing fifth here, he qualified in 14th place.
Olympic champion on the large hill Mariusz Lindvik dropped to 26th place and faces a tough first round matchup against Beijing 2022 bronze medalist Karol Geiger which was 25.
The 25 winners of the first round advance along with the top five scorers from the losers to the 30-man final round.