SKispringer Stephan Leyhe faces a month-long break after a serious fall in qualifying for the World Cup in Trondheim. The Willinger fell after a strong flight to 141.5 meters and then held his left knee. As the German Ski Association (DSV) confirmed to the SID, the 28-year-old is suspected of having torn a cruciate ligament.
Leyhe flies back to Germany on Thursday, where the knee is to be examined further. The team world champion, who had so far been promising in second place in the fight for overall victory on the Raw Air Tour, had to be brought out of the stadium with a snowmobile after the crash. The qualification was interrupted for several minutes.
If the suspicion was confirmed, a black series would continue with the DSV eagles. Olympic champions Andreas Wellinger and David Siegel have not yet been used this season because of cruciate ligament tears, Severin Freund is currently fighting back to the top of the world after two serious injuries. Leyhe had also crashed at Raw Air almost a day ago, back then in Oslo. The 28-year-old got off lightly.
The qualification for the competition on Thursday (5 p.m. on ARD and at Eurosport) was won by the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, who is now 7.4 points behind the Poland Kamil Stoch in second place. The best German in Trondheim was world champion Markus Eisenbichler (Siegsdorf) in fifth. Karl Geiger (Oberstdorf / 13th), Pius Paschke (Kiefersfelden / 29th), Constantin Schmid (Oberaudorf / 37th), Severin Freund (Rastbüchl / 44th) and Martin Hamann (Aue / 50th) also qualified.
The decision in the fight for the overall World Cup could also be made in Trondheim on Thursday: Geiger must be at least sixth to still have a chance against the clearly leading Stefan Kraft. Should the Austrian finish second, Geiger would not help two wins at the end of the season.