Martin Hoellwarth dethrones Ahonen!
- 2005-01-06 21:27
Janne Ahonen didn't manage to complete the Four Hills Tournament grand slam. With his jumps of 132 and 140,5 metres, he finished 2nd after Martin Hoellwarth of Austria (135 and 137,5 metres). Japan's Daiki Ito (127 and 143 metres) took third place. Unfortunately, Adam Małysz failed to hold his second place in the Tournament overall standings: 7th today, he slipped into 4th position.
After the first leg, the leader of Four Hills Tournament overall standings settled for fourth place after his jump of 132 metres. The Czech Republic's Jakub Janda, who also made a 132-metre-effort, overtook Ahonen on points. He also won with Adam Małysz who floated 0,5 metre further. But Czech jumper didn't manage to beat yesterday's qualification round winner, Austria's Martin Hoellwarth, who much to the joy of the home crowd soared to impressive 135 metres and won the first round.
Before the second round, the launch was moved from gate 29 up to gate 30 and this made it easier for competitors to better their first-round results. Young Japanese Daiki Ito unleashed a stunning 143-metre effort and broke Olav Magne Doennem's hill record by 2 metres. But Ito lost too much to to win with the best competitors of the day: Janne Ahonen overtook him after his leap of 140,5 metres. Adam Małysz and Jakub Janda, both with 134,5 metres, didn't manage to follow. But Martin Hoellwarth hold his nerve and soared to 137,5 metres, which was enough to deny Ahonen's victory in the competition.
Ahonen won the Four Hills Tournament title, but failed to become the second man in history to win the four legs. The Finn finished on 1043.3 points, with Martin Hoellwarth in second on 994.2 points and Thomas Morgenstern in third ahead of Adam Małysz on 0.2 point. Robert Mateja, who was 36th in the competition, finished in 17th place on 735.8 points.
The World Cup continues on Saturday with a team event in Willingen, Germany.