Team Japan celebrated a successful weekend in Hakuba as their top athlete Ryoyu Kobayashi won both competitions. Furthermore, the podium was taken by Japanese ski jumpers at the end of the two events.
On the 23rd of August Ryoyu Kobayashi secured the win due to a solid performance with jumps on 129m and 131.5m. Yukiya Sato came in second after jumping 131m and 134m. Kobayashi had a margin of 12.8 points on Sato. Keiichi Sato completed the podium on the third rank since he landed on 127.5m and 123m.
Pawel Wasek from Poland was the only non-Japanese athlete to be in the TOP5. He jumped 116.5m and 124m. The 34 year-old Daiki Ito finished on the fifth place (122.5m & 117.5m).
Ryoyu Kobayashi triumphed also in the second competition on the HS131 hill as he jumped 136m and 129.5m. This performance led to a 28.9 points margin on the second placed Keiichi Sato. Keiichi, who was third the day before, landed on 127m and 124.5m. Yukiya Sato however reached the third place in contrast to his previous second rank. He jumped 124.5m and 129m.
Junshiro Kobayashi, elder brother to Ryoyu, came in fourth after jumping 131.5m and 128m. The Russian athlete Evgeniy Klimov rounds up the TOP5 (129m & 115.5m).
Yukiya Sato is now in the lead of the SGP Standings with 244 points, forcing the previous leader Timi Zajc (SLO) to occupy the second place with 236 points. The next SGP competitions are going to take place in Hinzenbach (AUT) from September 28th to 29th.