Ito qualifies first for large hill final
Fri, 25 Feb 13:29:00 2011
Japan’s Daiki Ito has given reigning world champion Martin Koch plenty to think about at the FIS Ski Jumping World Championships final after qualifying for the Oslo showpiece in top spot.
The 25-year-old has finished with a bronze from the last two World Championships, but both came in the team large hill event.
And as Ito prepares to plough a far lonelier furrow in Norway he will have high hopes of winning his first individual World Championships medal after finishing qualification in first place.
Ito racked up 123.4 points to claim top spot, 1.2 points ahead of Austria’s Robert Kranjec, a bronze medallist from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.
Gold medallist from those Games Germany’s Michael Uhrmann heads into the final in third while Poland’s Piotr Zyla and home favourite Anders Jacobsen make up the rest of the top five.
With ten athletes having pre-qualified for tomorrow’s final, including double World Cup gold medallist Koch, another 40 put their name into the hat while 14 fell at the first hurdle.
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