Kasai notches another third-place showing


Veteran Noriaki Kasai secured his third straight bronze medal at a World Cup event on Friday.

The 43-year-old Kasai posted a first jump of 231.5 meters and moved up from fifth place with a second effort of 230 meters on the K-200 flying hill for a total of 418.5 points.

Slovenia’s Robert Kranjec scored 432.8 points to post his first win of the season while Norwegian Kenneth Gangnes had 428.4 for second place.

“I took third place (but) wanted to be second at the very least,” said Kasai, who once again rewrote his record as the oldest ski jumper to make a podium finish at a World Cup event.

“If I had been able to go about one kilometer faster I could have jumped another five meters.”

Among other Japanese jumpers, Daiki Ito was 19th and Shohei Tochimoto was 24th.

Kenshiro Ito, Taku Takeuchi and Kento Sakuyama failed to qualify for the second round of jumps.