SKI JUMPING: Kobayashi wins second Four Hills tourney at Garmisch

Japan's ski jumping star Ryoyu Kobayashi

When Poland’s Kamil Stoch swept all four stages of the Four Hills Tournament last year for the first time since Sven Hannawald (GER), who managed it in 2001-02, it was a remarkable performance. Now, Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi may be on his way after winning the first two legs of this season’s Four Hills.

In fact, Kobayashi and Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler went 1-2 at both Obertsdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen! Once again, Kobayashi had an excellent first jump of 136.5 m, but Eisenbichler was even further at 138.0 m. Eisenbichler had the better jump in the second round as well (135.0 m to 133.0 m), but Kobayashi’s scores for technique were much better and he won the event by 266.6-264.7. Poland’s Dawid Kubacki was third, but well back with 256.2 points.

There are two legs left:

4 January: Innsbruck (AUT), on a 130 m hill
6 January: Bischofshofen (AUT), on a 140 m hill

The Four Hills standings so far:

1. 548.9 Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN)
2. 546.6 Markus Eisenbichler (GER)
3. 526.0 Dawid Kubacki (POL)
4. 523.5 Andreas StJernen (NOR)
5. 518.2 Roman Koudelka (CZE)

Kobayashi leads the World Cup standings with 756 points, with Poland’s Piotr Zyla at 509 and Kamil Stoch at 437. Summaries from Garmisch:

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Four Hills Tournament II
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) ~ 1 January 2019
(Full results here)

Four Hills II (140 m hill): 1. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN), 266.6; 2. Markus Eisenbichler (GER), 264.7; 3. Dawid Kubacki (POL), 256.2; 4. Roman Koudelka (CZE), 253.8; 5. Junshiro Kobnayashi (JPN), 249.4.