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Japanese Kobayashi opens Vierschansentournooi with victory in Oberstdorf
More Sport Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi has the first game of the Vierschansentournooi on his list of achievements is written. In the German Oberstdorf jump, the 22-year-old Japanese man on the big kicker 126,5 and 138 meters far. With a total of 282,3 could Kobayashi, the German Markus Eisenbichler (281,9) narrowly prevented.

The Austrian Stefan Kraft was third on stage with 280,5 points. The disappointment of the day came at the Pole Kamil Stoch. The winner of the prestigious tournament in 2017 and 2018 got no further than the eighth place. Won last year the 31-year-old Stoch still in all four competitions of the famous tournament, and was so still but the second jumper ever that such a'grand slam' could perform. The first was the German Sven Hannawald in 2002.

This season has Stoch hands full with the Japanese youngster Kobayashi. The Japanese won all four world cup races, and may, after this victory also favorite for the final victory of the Vierschansentournee call. For Kobayashi, this role no obligations. "I don't feel any extra pressure, I keep of every race enjoy", says a proud Kobayashi.

Tuesday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the traditional nieuwjaarsspringen place, the second part of the Vierschansentournee. Then follow in Austria, the competitions in Innsbruck (Friday) and Bischofshofen (Sunday).

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