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Jan Hörl secured a surprise victory. © ANSA / ANNA SZILAGYI

Bergisel is upside down: Austrian breaks the Innsbruck ban

Jan Hörl has ended the ÖSV ski jumpers' eleven-year winless streak on the Bergisel.

The 25-year-old from Salzburg won the third competition of the Four Hills Tournament on Wednesday in Innsbruck and achieved an outstanding team result with five ÖSV eagles in the top nine. Before the final jumping on Saturday (16.30 p.m.) in Bischofshofen The Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi took over the tour leadership from the German Andreas Wellinger.

Kobayashi jumped into second place in Innsbruck, 8,8 points behind Hörl, and is heading to Bischofshofen 4,8 points ahead of Wellinger, who was fifth on Wednesday. Hörl is now third in the overall standings, 23,6 points behind, followed in fourth and fifth place by Stefan Kraft (-33,8) and Michael Hayböck, who jumped onto the podium with third place in the daily standings.

In fantastic weather but also changing wind conditions, 21.000 fans saw the first red-white-red victory on the Bergisel since Gregor Schlierenzauer in 2013. Hörl laid the foundation for his second World Cup victory after his debut success in December 2021 (Wisla) with an outstanding first jump. “It means a lot to me, second victory at home, indescribable, I’m super happy,” said the team Olympic champion in an ORF interview.

Insam disqualified

Alex Insam would have won his duel against Junshiro Kobayashi in the first round, but was subsequently disqualified. The suit of the man from Gardena is said not to have conformed to the rules. A bitter setback for Insam, especially since the 26-year-old had scored points in Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He also finished eighth in the Bergisel qualifying. Giovanni Bresadola (28th) was the only Italian to collect points on Wednesday.

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