The first individual competition of this year’s Ski Jumping World Cup at Ruka was packed with thrilling moments and great jumps on Saturday.

German Markus Eisenbichler, who also won the opening weekend of the World Cup in Wisła, was dominant on the HS142 hill on Saturday night with his two jumps being 146 and 141 metres long. His total points were 313.4, which is nearly a 20 point difference to the second place Piotr Zyla from Poland. Zyla’s compatriot David Kubacki reached the third place with 293.9 points. Norway’s Halvor Egner Granerud and Japan’s Yukiya Sato also broke the impressive 140 metre mark with their jumps, finishing respectively fourth and fifth place.

Finnish Antti Aalto was the best jumper from host country’s team with jumps measuring at 128 metres for the first round, and 123 metres the second. His total points were 237.5 which granted him the 20th place. Niko Kytösaho and Andreas Alamommo didn’t qualify for the second round, their final placements being on 40th and 42nd. 

The exciting weekend of ski jumping at Ruka finishes on Sunday with a qualifying round at 14.00 and the second competition at 15.30 Central European Time.

Ruka ski jumping schedule for Sunday (Central European Time, UTC+1)

14.00 CET – Qualifying Round

15.30 CET – Individual Competition


Text: Lasse Keskinen

Picture: Tony Nyyssölä

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