M-WC: Maiden victory at home for Stephan Leyhe

Author: Andrea Brandmüller, Published:

Stephan Leyhe achieved one of his greatest childhood dreams as he claimed the victory in front of his home audience in Willingen. The 28-year-old did not only celebrate his first WC win, but also extended his lead in the Willingen-Five-Standings.

Stephan Leyhe took advantage of the good wind conditions and jumped 139.5m and 144.5m on his home hill in Willingen. These strong performances led him to his maiden victory, exactly 17 years after his idol Sven Hannawald won the competition on this hill. Thus, he was also praised by the German headcoach Stefan Horngacher:

“I’m very delighted that Stephan managed to take the win at his home hill today. We are really happy for him. The first jump was not entirely perfect, but the second defenitely was.” (Sportschau)

Marius Lindvik came in second with jumps on 140m and 143m. The young Norwegian celebrated his fifth podium of the season. Kamil Stoch, who was in the lead after the first round, finished the competition on the third place. The Olympic champion jumped 139.5m and 137.5m.

Stefan Kraft became fourth (135.5m & 141m). Karl Geiger rounded up the great result for the German ski Jumpers. He leaves the hill on the fifth place (138.5m & 138m).

Currently Stephan Leyhe is in the lead of the Willingen-Five-Standings (389p.), followed by Stefan Kraft (357.8p.) and Marius Lindvik (370.8p.).

It is unsure whether it will be possible to host the competition tomorrow as there is a dangerous storm front expected. The coaches and organisers will meet at 19:00 CET to discuss about the issue. More Information is to be revealed afterwards.

Results, Willingen-Five-Standings, WC-Standings