Up, up and a YAY! Kubacki soars to victory with record-breaking ski jump
Ski jumping ace Dawid Kubacki has set a new hill record during qualifying jumps at the Four Hills Ski Tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria.
The 28-year-old from Nowy Targ, southern Poland, beat off rivals yesterday (Sunday 6th Jan), soaring an incredible 145-metres into the air at the Paul-Außerleitner-Ski Jump, one of the biggest in the world.
The previous record was 143.5 metres.
Kubacki’s delighted coach, Stefan Horngacher, said: "This Sunday David was fantastic. First he set a hill record and then made an almost perfect jump in the first round. The one in the final round was a bit late, but still good."
The 2017 World Champion also enjoyed a second place victory, narrowly coming behind Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi who took first place in the finals.
However, he was finally ranked an overall fourth place behind Germany’s Stephan Leyhe who pipped him to the podium by 3.3 points.
Following the final, Kubacki told local media: “I am satisfied with what I have shown, with the work done.
“Of course, there will be some disappointment since the third place was so close.
“However, I am aware that this is a consequence of my mistakes. Each jump could have been a bit better, and there were some that could have been much better.
“I can't complain about the fact that I finally took fourth place. I'm happy with what I've done and I'm still working."
Debuting in 2005 in the FIS Cup competition in Bischofshofen, Kubacki has since gone on to win bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Val die Fiemme, gold in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2017 and a string of success in between and since including winning five out of nine competitions.