The old master saves Swiss honor: Simon Ammann (38) makes a strong first jump at the start of the Four Hills Tournament in Oberstdorf (De). In the knockout duel with the Kazakh Sergei Tkatschenko, the Toggenburger shows a set at 132 meters and can be celebrated. Place 13 looks out after the first round. In the end it is 16th, with 128 meters he cannot improve on the second attempt.
A solid result on the mountain where he won for the last time in 2013. And the best performance of a Swiss: Killian Peier and Dominik Peter say goodbye to the competition after the knockout jumps. Peier, on a World Cup podium for the first time a few weeks ago, fails with 123.5 meters due to Constantin Schmid (De). The disappointment for Peter, who is the youngest starter in the field at the age of 18 at his four-hill debut, and who has lost out to the Norwegian Marius Lindvik, is less of a disappointment.
At the front, others set the tone. Ryoyu Kobayashi continues where he left off a year ago: he takes his fifth win in a row on the Four Hills Tournament. Japanese begins the title defense mission with jumps at 138 and 134 meters. The German local hero Karl Geiger and Pole Dawid Kubacki also rank on the podium behind him. Qualifying winner Stefan Kraft is fourth.