Austrian Horl captures first individual ski jumping World Cup victory

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WARSAW, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Austrian ski jumper Jan Horl stood on the highest podium in the individual competition of the FIS World Cup in Wisla, Poland on Sunday.

Horl took the lead after the first jump of 121m followed by his compatriot Stefan Kraft who jumped 120m to earn 0.3 points less than the leader.

Then the 23-year-old coped with the pressure as in the final round as he jumped 128m to capture his first FIS World Cup title. Norwegian Markus Lindvik finished second in 124m, while Kraft came third.

For Horl the competitions in Wisla passed according to a dream scenario as the day earlier, he took a victory in the team contest.

Germany's Karl Geiger strengthened his lead in the general classification of the FIS World Cup with 355 points.

Sunday's competition turned out to be a nightmare for the hosts. The Polish ski jumpers are seen amongst the favorites to take medals at the Winter Olympics in Beijing but stumbled in the first stages of the season. Team leader Kamil Stoch took 11th place in the individual competition.

Polish ski jumping icon Adam Malysz, who is currently the director of the Polish Ski Association, sounded the alarm.

"At the end of summer and the beginning of winter, everything was fine at the training camps. We jumped with other countries and our level was very high. Disappointment in the inaugural competitions came suddenly. It was a surprise for us to find ourselves in such a place. At this point, it is necessary to be openly speaking that it is not good," Malysz was quoted by local media on Sunday. Enditem

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