World Cup: Wellinger wins first ski jumping qualification of the winter

Olympic ski jumping champion Andreas Wellinger is in top form just in time for the start of winter.

World Cup: Wellinger wins first ski jumping qualification of the winter

Olympic ski jumping champion Andreas Wellinger is in top form just in time for the start of winter. The 28-year-old Bavarian won the qualification in Ruka, Finland.

With his jump of 144 meters, Wellinger left the Swiss Gregor Deschwanden and teammate Stephan Leyhe behind. In national coach Stefan Horngacher's team, the gold winner from Pyeongchang 2018 is considered the best hope in the World Cup.

The other German jumpers Philipp Raimund (6th), Karl Geiger (7th), Pius Paschke (13th) and Martin Hamann (18th) also easily made it into the top 50. The first World Cup takes place on Saturday (4:15 p.m.). -Singles of the winter on the program. The winner takes over the yellow jersey of the overall leader, which is a special attraction at the start.

For ski jumpers it is a season without the Nordic World Ski Championships and without the Winter Olympics. The highlights are the Four Hills Tournament around the turn of the year and the Ski Flying World Championships at Kulm in Austria in January. Wellinger has already made a strong impression in preparation.

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