Ito's record leap seals Trondheim win
Thu, 08 Mar 18:20:00 2012
Daiki Ito saved his best until last to snatch both gold and the hill record away from Richard Freitag and claim back-to-back FIS Ski Jumping World Cup wins in Trondheim.
Freitag put himself in pole position to top the podium in Norway after setting a new hill record with a leap of 140.5m in the opening round however Ito had other ideas.
Placed second after the first round in Trondheim with an effort 137.5m, Ito bettered Freitag’s mark by a matter of centimetres, recording 141m to jump up into first and take gold.
The 26-year-old, who won last time out in Lahti, ended with an overall total of 295.1 points while Freitag slipped to second after his second effort of 133m gave him just 287.9.
Simon Ammann had come close to bettering Freitag’s hill record before Ito did but was just shy of it however his second leap of 140m did see him claim bronze with 285.3 overall.
World Cup leader Anders Bardal fared better than most of his immediate rivals, Ito aside, as he finished fourth just shy of a medal with an overall total of 283.
With Gregor Schlierenzauer 12th and Andreas Kofler eighth, Bardal still leads with now 1269 points to his name while Ito is fourth with his 100 for winning giving him 1016.
Ito leaps to win