Slovenian double victory caps season finale
The ski jumping season ended on a high note for the Slovenian team as Timi Zajc led a one-two finish ahead of Anže Lanišek, who also won third place in the overall World Cup standings.
Zajc clinched first place with jumps of 232.5 and 234 metres to finish just 0.1 points ahead of Lanišek, who jumped 239.5 and 242 metres, respectively, in the final event of the season in Planica on 2 April.
Third place went to Austria's Stefan Kraft, who ended up winning the ski flying trophy as well and finished second in the overall standings behind overall ski jumping champion Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway.
For Zajc this was just the third World Cup win in individual competitions, all of which he claimed on giant hills.
"In Planica, I've won on all the hills, except the small one. I'm very happy," Zajc said as he thanked coach Robert Hrgota "for contributing to the success in the tactical sense," by deciding to lower the starting position.
Lanišek was very happy with his performance, saying "the jump was really phenomenal." But Zajc "was better, I have to accept that".
"This is a very beautiful end to the season, in front of the home crowd," Lanišek said about his third-place finish in the overall standings.
But the success left a slightly bitter aftertaste. Lanišek has said several times that third place should have gone to Dawid Kubacki of Poland, who missed out on recent competitions because his wife is very ill.
The season finale in Planica started on 30 March and drew about 57,000 spectators in total.