1881 days have passed since Johann André Forfang was last on the podium in a World Cup race. On Saturday he was finally back.
And so to those degrees. In the final round he landed an incredible 155.5 meters and won the competition superbly. He was an incredible 31 points ahead of Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, who came second.
– It has been a hell of a long way to get here. So there are a lot of emotions that come at once here, says Forfang to Viaplay.
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– There have been many difficult years and ski jumping has been stressful and a burden. It hasn’t just been fun. That it would succeed again, I didn’t quite have faith in. It feels insanely delicious, says Saturday’s winner.
Jacobsen: – I hardly think so
The length of the 28-year-old is a new hill record on the Willingen hill. It was also Norway’s first victory in the World Cup this season.
– I hardly believe what I see here, said Viaplay expert Anders Jacobsen.
For the first time since December 2018, where he took a win and a second place in Russian Nizhny Tagil, the 28-year-old jumped all the way to the top again. Joining him on the podium was Kristoffer Eriksen Sundal, who struck with 150 meters in the second half.
– This means a lot for the whole team, said expert Jacobsen after what has been a disappointing game so far for the Norwegian team.
The Japanese Kobayashi was therefore second. He jumped 148 meters in the second half.
Was on fire for victory
Forfang jumped down to 144 meters under difficult conditions in Willingen on Saturday evening and was thus on target for victory before the final round. The Norwegian was in second place, one point behind Finland’s Antti Aalto, who was the best in the first round.
The Finn soared down to 147.5 meters in his first jump. Pole Alexander Zniszczol was in third place.
However, the latter two were unable to assert themselves in the second half and both ended up a bit lower on the results list.
Marius Lindvik was number 11 in the race. He jumped 143.5 meters in the last jump and made a difference from the first round.