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An exceptional jump from Kobayashi to make a dent among the legends

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2019

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The success in Oberstdorf, after a first attempt of 138 meters, is his fifth victory followed in the Tournament of the Four Trampolines.

Kobayashi, on his first jump, 138 meters in Oberstdorf.
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The first jump of Ryoyu Kobayashi, of 138 meters, left the 25,500 fans who crowded the Audi-Arena of Oberstdorf open-mouthed. An exceptional start for the 68 edition of the Tournament of the Four Trampolines, where the Japanese won their fifth consecutive victory on Sunday, with which they access the Olympus of the great champions.

"There were many people cheering, which is really wonderful. It was the best environment I have ever enjoyed," said Kobayashi, whose triumph is on par with the Polish Kamil Stoch and the Germans Helmut Recknagel and Sven Hannawald.

On Sunday, the Japanese confirmed his role as a great dominator of the specialty thanks to his 305.1 points in the German station, which also supported the Austrian Karl Geiger, second in the standings with a global 295.9 points. The third position went to the Polish Dawid Kubacki (294.7).

"I was nervous, but I could also concentrate," said the winner, who did not keep a pice of autocratic on his second jump, 134 meters long. "It was good, but I must admit I was a bit defensive. I didn't want to take too many risks," he said.

113 points about Geiger

At 23, Kobayashi does not seem to find a strong enough opponent and after the eight-game dispute, the World Cup general dominates with 113 points ahead of Geiger (540-427). After his 13 victories last season, he already has 16 in the top tournament, just one of his legendary countryman Noriaki Kasai.

With no time for rest, Kobayashi is already in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for training and qualifying on Tuesday. The well-known German station is the traditional scenario of the January 1 appointment. The Four Trampolines will then travel to the Austrian mountains of Innsbruck (January 4) and Bischofshofen (January 6).

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