Norwegian Marius Lindvik made a surprise win on Sunday in the men’s singles event of the ski jumping FIS Cup in Zakopane, Poland.
The athletes considered favorites to take the podium places at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing didn’t meet expectations. Halvor Egner Granerud, leader of the FIS World Cup’s general classification, finished 23rd, while three-time Olympic champion Kamil Stoch ranked 11th.
It was the day of surprises as Slovenian Anze Lanisek was leading before the final round with his jump of 133.5 meters. The 24-year-old, however, lost the battle for first place with Lindvik, whose jumps of 135.5m and 145.5m gave him a victory. Fellow Norwegian Robert Johansson finished third.
“It was very good. My jumping has been pretty good all week. I’m happy that I won on Sunday,” Lindvik said in an interview for FIS.
Local athlete Andrzej Stekala finished fifth. “The jumps were good, but I still have some problems in flight. I’m not far from the podium. However, it’s a sport and you have to wait patiently. Today the conditions were equal, so the results of the competition were fair,” said the 25-year-old.