The first individual competition in the winter season took place on the last day of the inauguration weekend at Adam Małysz Hill. Despite of the snow and a changeable wind the event was held without any problems.
Evgeniy Klimov, the winner of FIS Summer Grand Prix 2018, was the leader of the competition after the first round. He proved that he is in a good shape and he took the lead of the event with a jump of 127.5m (130 points). Kamil Stoch jumped only one meter less than the Russian ski jumper, so in the middle of the competition he was the second. Ryoyu Kobayashi was the third after the first round of the competition. He jumped 137.5m but because of his bad landing he received bad notes from the judges. Four other Polish ski jumpers qualified to the final round of the competition – Piotr Żyła (9th place), Dawid Kubacki (12th place), Jakub Wolny (21st place) and Maciej Kot (29th place). Stefan Hula was the only one who didn’t manage to qualify to the final round (115m, 38th place).
Evgeniy Klimov was again the best in the final round. His jump was the longest (131.5m) and he won the competition. It was his best performance ever because he has never won the World Cup competition. – It was a fantastic competition for me and I am happy of my win – said the Russian ski jumper – I liked the preparation of the hill and the supporters who made a great atmosphere. Stephan Leyhe from Germany stood at the second step of the podium. He jumped 130.5m. – I am satisfied of my today’s performance and I am glad that it is the second day when I stand on the podium. I am looking forward to the next competitions – said Leyhe. The younger Kobayashi brother, Ryoyu, ended the competition at third position. – Today I made two good jumps, in the first and final round of the competition – announced Kobayashi – I appreciate Polish supporters who made a great atmosphere and supported me.
Kamil Stoch ended the competition just behind the podium. The distance of his jump was the same as that of Ryoyu Kobayashu, but his note was worse. He lost 0.3 point to the podium. Piotr Żyła ended the competition at 6th position which was better than in the first round. Also Dawid Kubacki performed better in the final round and ended the event at 9th place. – My performance wasn’t so good, but I am satisfied with my second jump. That one in the first round was unfortunately bad – said Kubacki. – All in all, I think that it was a positive weekend, today three Polish athletes ended the competition in top10. It’s a good and peaceful season opener. Now we need to continue training and start to be better – he added – The weather condition changed today, but in my opinion it was better than on Saturday. The direction of the wind was totally different and it was strong. The out-run was better every day. Today it was pretty nice what you could observe in a way the ski jumpers landed.
Jakub Wolny ended the individual competition at 23rd place and Maciej Kot was ex equo with Lukas Hlava at 29th place.