Kamil Stoch wins Olympic gold in ski jumping

Defending champion Kamil Stoch won ski jumping's large hill at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. It is the first Polish medal at this year’s Winter Olympics and the twenty-first in history.

Stoch won the third Olympic gold of his career. Four years ago in Sochi he triumphed on both the normal and large hills.

The 30-year-old Polish jumper had leaps of 135 and 136.5 meters for 285.7 points to beat normal hill gold medallist Andreas Wellinger of Germany, who took the silver. Robert Johansson of Norway won the bronze.

Stoch was left off the podium in Saturday's normal hill, finishing fourth behind Wellinger, Johann Andre Forfang and Johansson.

Stoch won his second straight Four Hills tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Jan. 6 to become only the second ski jumper in the long history of the sport to win all four stages of the prestigious event.

President Andrzej Duda thanked the ski jumper on Twitter on Sunday "for a beautiful gift in the year of Poland's independence centenary."

Sejm (lower house) Speaker Marek Kuchcinski congratulated Stoch on his victory and described him as a golden champion.

Ruling Law and Justice spokesperson and Sejm deputy Speaker Beata Mazurek congratulated Stoch and the Polish team on his victory.

"Poland is proud of you, Poland wants to thank you," Sports Minister Witold Bank wrote on Twitter, expressing his gratitude also to the Polish team's coach.