Japan finishes fifth

Kyodo

Japan came up short Monday in its bid for a first Olympic team ski jumping medal since 1998, finishing fifth at Whistler Olympic Park.

The team of Daiki Ito, Taku Takeuchi, Shohei Tochimoto and Noriaki Kasai had a total of 1,007.7 points.

Japan advanced to the eight-team final round after placing fifth in the first round of jumps.

But Japan could not overtake the top four teams, though all four jumpers went longer than in the first round, with veteran Kasai sailing 140.0 meters.

“Rather than being disappointed, I feel like I did all I could do here. I finally made some good jumps on the Olympic stage,” said Kasai, who wrapped up his sixth Olympic campaign.

“I can still compete with the world’s top jumpers. I’m not ready to quit yet. I want to surprise (normal and large hill gold medalist Simon) Ammann with unbelievable jumps in the coming competitions,” the 37-year-old continued.

Japan last won a team ski jumping medal with gold in Nagano 12 years ago.