The Slovenia Times

"Thriller" in Planica: Double Victory, Prevc Without Overall Title


It was a nail-biting season finish at the legendary Planica hill, with Prevc taking a lead after the first round, with Freund in seventh place.

But Tepeš, who was fourth in the first round, was huge in the second round to win the event and push Prevc to the second place.

The 26-year-old Tepeš jumped 239.5 and 244 metres (ninth-longest jump of all time) to earn 2.8 points more than Prevc, who jumped at 234.5 and 233 metres.

Freund remained seventh, which equalled him and Prevc in the overall standings (1,729 points each), but the German earned the overall win as he has more individual wins than Prevc.

It was a bittersweet double win for Slovenia today, as Tepeš earned his second career World Cup win ahead of Prevc, but this meant that he virtually prevented the latter from grabbing his first career World Cup title.

Head coach Goran Janus congratulated Tepeš and Prevc for "an unforgettable weekend" at Planica, and Tepeš was also happy, saying that "to win at Planica is really something special".

Prevc could not hide his disappointment though. "Unfortunately, Jurij beat me, but it is nice nevertheless. We saw three wins at Planica," he told TV Slovenija reporters.

This is the third season in a row in which Prevc finished second overall, and the closest that the 22-year-old came to the overall victory, with which he would join the only Slovenian winner Peter Peterka (in 1997 and 1998).

A consolation prize for Prevc is that he has won the small crystal globe for the overall ski flying World Cup title ahead of Freund and Tepeš.


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