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Kraft wins first individual ski flying event at Planica


Kraft was first after the first round with a 243 metre jump, following it up with a 240.5 metre jump in the second to earn 490.2 points.

Coming in second was Andreas Wellinger of Germany (235 and 235 m; 480.8 points), who was followed by his compatriot Markus Eisenbichler in third place (243.5 and 236 m; 461.8 points).

Kraft has all but secured the crystal globe for the overall World Cup winner, having a 86-point advantage ahead of Kamil Stoch of Poland with one individual event to go.

"I managed to win, I showed some good jumps and I'm very satisfied. Today I made a huge and perhaps decisive step towards winning the crystal globe. I have a big advantage ahead of Sunday's event," Kraft said after winning his seventh World Cup event this season.

The Austrian is also in lead in the ski flying competition with 345 points, and can only be beaten by Wellinger, who trails him by 92 points.

Wellinger meanwhile said that Planica was becoming his favourite ski jumping hill. "I hope that I will be successful also with the German team in Saturday's team event," he added.

Eisenbichler meanwhile got his first podium finish in ski flying ever. "It is really nice to be on the podium, my first on ski flying hills. It is an exceptional and special feeling."

Peter Prevc, the reigning World Cup champion and thee-time winner at Planica, was the best Slovenian today, taking 10th place with jumps of 218.5 and 226 metres for 429.8 points.

Peter's younger brother Domen Prevc, who was 20th today, is the best Slovenian overall in the World Cup, currently standing sixth.

The World Cup season finale at Planica will continue on Saturday with the team event and conclude on Sunday with the second individual event.


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