SOCHI, RUSSIA - Japan had a good day in Saturday’s ski jumping qualifying and will send its full complement of four men into the Sochi Olympics’ normal hill competition.
Reruhi Shimizu, Taku Takeuchi and Yuta Watase each advanced to Sunday’s final along with Japan Olympic captain Noriaki Kasai, who is among the top 10-ranked World Cup jumpers and thus exempt from qualifying.
Shimizu landed a booming 101.5-meter jump to qualify with 126.2 points, the third best in qualifying. Takeuchi was seventh with 119.1 points from a jump of 97.5 meters, while Watase was 20th among the qualifiers and advanced with a 95-meter leap.
The pre-qualified jumpers each got in a final jump, with the 41-year-old Kasai only managing 98.5 meters.