Tyro produces record-equalling jump for Four Hills win


Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) (AFP)

Marius Lindvik claimed his first ever World Cup victory at the Four Hills ski-jumping event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Wednesday thanks to a course record-equalling jump of 143.5 metres.

With his first jump the Norwegian outsider Lindvik, 21, levelled the record of 143.5m set by four-time Olympic gold medallist Simon Ammann ten years ago.

Still on the circuit Ammann finished this second leg event way down in 24th on the day.

The feat put Lindvik way out in front of his rivals, and he followed it up with a second effort of 136m to claim an unexpected victory with 298.8 points.

He finished nearly 14 points ahead of German Karl Geiger, who closed the gap between him and leader Ryoyu Kobayashi in the Four Hills standings to six points.

After his clean sweep last year Japan's Kobayashi won the first leg on Sunday but failed in his bid to follow up on his here by finishing fourth after jumps of 132m and 141m, which earned him 282.1 points.

The next stage of the competition takes place in Innsbruck on January 4 before finishing in Bischofshofen two days later.

Results from the Four Hills leg at Garmisch-Partenkirchen:

1. Marius Lindvik (NOR) 298.8 points (143.5m + 136m)

2. Karl Geiger (GER) 285 (132m + 141.5m)

3. Dawid Kubacki (POL) 284 (137m + 139.5m)

4. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN) 282.1 (132m + 141m)

5. Ito Daiki (JPN) 273.4 (131m + 136.5m)

6. Daniel Huber (AUT) 272.1 (136.5m + 134m)

7. Constantin Schmid (GER) 271.5 (134.5m + 134.5m)

8. Roman Koudelka (CZE) 267.3 (135m + 133m)

9. Johann Andre Forfang (NOR) 266.2 (132m + 135m)

10. Markus Eisenbichler (GER) 266.1 (129m + 134.5m)

Four Hills overall standings:

1. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JAP) 587 points

2. Karl Geiger (ALL) 581

3. D. Kubacki (POL) 579

4. M. Lindvik (NOR) 568

5. S. Kraft (AUT) 554