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Four Hills Championship: Andreas Wellinger finished only ninth in the last qualifying round

Four Hills Championship: Andreas Wellinger finished only ninth in the last qualifying round

Andreas Wellinger goes into the final competition as Ryoyu Kobayashi's stalker Four Hills Championship In Bischofshofen. However, during qualifying on the eve of the decision, Willinger showed weaknesses and came only ninth with 128 metres. “I completely missed the vault table. I was 1.15 meters behind,” Wellinger said, criticizing himself after the jump.

Round leader Kobayashi came in first with 138 metres, and is therefore the favorite to win the overall win in the final competition on Saturday. In the overall standings, the Japanese are ahead of Willinger by only 4.8 points – the equivalent of 2.67 metres.

World Cup leader Stefan Kraft of Austria was second in qualifying. Pius Paschke was the next best German with 14th place and a distance of 127.5 meters in poor conditions. Karl Geiger showed a slight improvement compared to the third competition in Innsbruck and came in 17th place with a distance of 129.5 metres.

Stefan Leahy, the bronze medalist in the previous round, fell to 18th place with 128.5 metres, and Philippe Raymond entered the top 50 competition in 40th place despite his weak jump of 122 metres.

If Willinger wins on Saturday, it will be the German Tour's first title since Sven Hannawald won in 2002. Austrians Jan Hörl and Stefan Kraft have outside chances, but are well behind Willinger and Kobayashi in the overall standings.