Strong winds deny Kasai shot at title


Sochi Olympic silver medalist Noriaki Kasai finished fourth at the ski flying world championships after strong winds cancelled the second day of competition on Saturday.

Kasai was seeking to win the event for the first time in 22 years, but his standing from the previous day stood after the third and fourth rounds were cancelled.

“I’m very disappointed because I wanted to win here after 22 years,” the 41-year-old Kasai said. “I was confident of moving up places because ski flying is my thing. It’s tough, but there’s nothing you can do (about a cancellation).”

Germany’s Severin Freund, who had jumps of 203.5 and 191.5 meters on Friday, won the title with 391.0 points ahead of Anders Bardal of Norway and Slovenian Peter Prevc.