Ski Jumping

Markus Eisenbichler's flying start continues with World Cup win in Ruka

Germany's Eisenbichler doubled down on his opening Wisla victory last weekend on a great day too for Poland's Piotr Zyla and Dawid Kubacki

By Ken Browne ·

Markus Eisenbichler continued his flying start to the ski jumping World Cup season, winning the individual competition in Ruka, Finland, making it 2/2 after his opening weekend victory in Wisla, Poland just a few days ago.

Eisenbacher jumped 146 and 141 on the Rukantunturi-hill to top the podium with 313.4 points, ahead of Poland's Piotr Zyla in second and his compatriot Dawid Kubacki in third.

It looked like Kubacki had sealed second until a points readjustment left him fractions behind Zyla, who stepped up onto his first podium this season.

The final points tally was: Zyla 294.1, Kubacki 293.9.

The wind picked up for the second round jumps and no-one was expected to break into the 140's, only Mr. Consistency Eisenbichler managing it.

"I'm really glad about this to jump on this high level today," Eisenbichler said afterwards.

"I'm very happy about my second victory this season, it's unbelievable."

Norway's 24-year-old high flyer Halvor Egner Granerud finished just off the podium in fourth on 291.2 points, with Japan's Sato Yukiya in fifth.

Robert Johansson took the lead with 275.7 points overall jumping 7th from last in Round 2, but finished in sixth place overall, which was still a big improvement on last week in Wisla where he failed to qualify for the second round.

22-year-old Slovenian Bor Pavlovcic and 21-year-old Artii Aigro from Estonia both impressed, jumping well, Pavlovcic finished in 7th place behind Johansson and Aigro in 14th.

Conditions weren't easy on Rukantunturi's famous hill, Daniel Andre Tande had a heavy fall after he lost control on the landing strip at speed, and was led off on the sled-stretcher with what looked to be an ankle injury.

Norwegian Olympic team gold medallist Johann Andre Forfang was disqualified for jumping the gun.

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Austria and Russia quarantine

Positive Covid-19 tests for Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, Philipp Aschenwald, and two coaches early this week meant the entire team went straight into quarantine including Daniel Huber, who was third in Wisla last week.

The athletes who tested negative are hoping to compete again next weekend in Nizhny Tagil (RUS).

With a Russian athlete also testing positive after the weekend in Wisla, the entire team was tested again, returning negatives all round. The team plans to participate in the home World Cup in Nizhny Tagil providing they have more negative tests over the next couple of days.