Koch leaps to huge win in Germany
Austria's Martin Koch captured his second FIS ski jumping World Cup of the season in fine style with two enormous leaps in Oberstdorf, Germany.
The 29-year-old, who was a member of the Olympic gold medal winning team at Turin 2006, soared to 214.5m with his first jump and followed that up with a leap of 210.5m to chalk up 428.4 points and secure victory in the ski flying event.
Koch’s win ends a run of five consecutive World Cups without an Austrian victor as Norway’s Tom Hilde took silver, way back with 406.6 points.
Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer completed the medal placings in third after jumps of 198m and 208.5m sealed his first podium position of the season.
Austria leads the team tour with 2985.1 points, ahead of Poland on 2840.6, and Germany on 2823.4 points.
Thomas Morgenstern of Austria retains his commanding lead at the top of the overall rankings with 1529 points despite finishing down in 16th place in Oberstdorf.
Switzerland’s Simon Ammann leads the chase with 1099 while Andreas Kofler (1016) of Austria is in third place. Koch’s victory takes his to seventh but he moves top of the ski flying rankings with his second win from the three competitions.