The ski jumpers of Japan provided for a huge surprise in the second-to-last competition of the FIS Grand Prix 2021. Yukiya Sato won the exciting competition on Saturday in Hinzenbach (AUT) ahead of Ryoyu Kobayashi, who was considered the top favorite, and Germany’s Karl Geiger.
Yukiya Sato posted jumps of 91 m and 87.5 m (246.7 points) in the two competition rounds, which earned him a lead of 1.6 points over his teammate Kobayashi, who jumped 0.5 shorter than Sato in both rounds. For both, Sato and Kobayashi, this was the first appearance in this year’s Grand Prix.
“I’m very happy that I could win here today, but I’m also surprised. I’m looking forward to Klingenthal next weekend, I don’t know if I can win there again, maybe it will be Ryoyu’s turn”, today’s winner said after his success.
Ryoyu Kobayashi was self-confident after his second place: “This was my first competition this season and I’m satisfied with my performance. If I will be in this shape in winter I can win in the World Cup again. I’m excited to compete in Klingenthal and my goal is to win there”, said Kobayashi, who won the overall World Cup title in the 2018/19 season.