SKI JUMPING: Austria’s Kraft and Norway’s Lundby sweep weekend jumps

Norway's ski jumping star Maren Lundby

Two jumpers – Austria’s Stefan Kraft and Norway’s Maren Lundby – dominated the men’s and women’s competitions this weekend in Japan and Romania.

Kraft (AUT), the 2017 World Cup champion, moved up to second in the World Cup standings with his 14th and 15th career World Cup wins in Sapporo (JPN). He’s now won three events in a row and four on the season.

With just 16 of 28 events completed on the season, he still has a shot at the World Cup leader, Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi, who finished fifth and third in Sapporo, and still leads 1,233-781. But Kraft is going to have to keep up the pressure.

In Rasnov (ROM), Norway’s reigning World Cup champ Lundby sailed into the seasonal World Cup lead with wins in both events, edging Germans Katharina Althaus in the first event and Carina Vogt in the second. She now leads Althaus, 788-747 after 11 of 24 events this season. Summaries:

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Sapporo (JPN) ~ 26-27 January 2019
(Full results here)

Men’s 137 m hill I: 1. Stefan Kraft (AUT), 270.1; 2. Kamil Stoch (POL), 260.3; 3. Robert Johansson (NOR), 256.7; 4. Roman Koudelka (CZE), 252.7; 5. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN), 250.5.

Men’s 137 m hill II: 1. Kraft (AUT), 248.2; 2. Timi Zajc (SLO), 238.4; 3. Kobayashi (JPN), 236.6; 4. Piotr Zyla (POL), 236.1; 5. Halvor Egner Granerud (NOR), 236.1.

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Rasnov (ROU) ~ 26-27 January 2019
(Full results here)

Women’s 97 m hill I: 1. Maren Lundby (NOR), 247.8; 2. Katharina Althaus (GER), 236.9; 3. Sara Takanashi (JPN), 236.8; 4. Juliane Seyfarth (GER), 228.3; 5. Nika Kriznar (SLO), 227.5. Also in the top 25: 20. Nita Englund (USA), 181.9.

Women’s 97 m hill II: 1. Lundby (NOR), 247.6; 2. Carina Vogt (GER), 240.3; 3. Seyfarth (GER), 237.8; 4. Eva Pinkelnig (AUT), 232.8; 5. Althaus (GER), 232.1.

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