Kobayashi first Japanese opening 4 Hills winner in 21 years

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Kobayashi first Japanese opening Four Hills winner in 21 years
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Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi wins the primary leg of the 4 Hills ski leaping match

Ryoyu Kobayashi grew to become the primary Japanese man in additional than 20 years to win the opening leg of the 4 Hills ski leaping competitors in Oberstdorf, Germany on Sunday

He scored a mixed 282.three factors after two jumps to beat Germany’s Markus Eisenbacher who completed in second on 281.9pts and Austria’s Stefan Kraft in third with 280.5pts.

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The 22-year-old is searching for to turn into the primary Japanese 4 Hills total match champion since Kazuyoshi Funaki in 1997/1998 who additionally received within the German Alps 21 years in the past.

Nonetheless, Kobayashi refused to get carried away regardless of success in entrance of greater than 25,000 spectators in Bavaria.

“I am not enthusiastic about the general title but, I’ll take it step-by-step and now I am wanting ahead to leaping in Garmisch-Partenkrichen,” he mentioned.

The second of the German legs of the 4 Hills takes place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Tuesday. The competitors then strikes to Austria the place the jumpers will compete at Innsbruck on January four and Bischofshofen two days later.

Poland’s Kamil Stoch, who grew to become solely the second man ever to assert a grand slam final season by profitable all 4 legs of the 4 Hills, completed eighth on Sunday.



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