ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND – Seven-time Olympian Noriaki Kasai eclipsed his own record for oldest skier to finish on a World Cup podium when he placed third in the men’s division of a ski jumping event on Saturday.
At 43 years and six months, Kasai made jumps of 131.5 and 134 meters for a total score of 273.5 at the K-125 large hill, finishing in the top three for the first time this season and rewriting the previous record, which was set at the age of 42 and nine months.
It was the 57th podium finish of Kasai’s career.
Peter Prevc and his younger brother Domen claimed a one-two finish for Slovenia with total scores of 297.1 and 283.5, respectively.
“I can’t believe it. I didn’t think a podium finish would be possible this season. Now I’m greedy for more,” said Kasai, who finished 30th and 17th in his last two competitions.
Kasai moved up to 13th in the individual World Cup rankings.
Elsewhere for Japan, Daiki Ito finished 18th and Kento Sakuyama was 26th. Neither Shohei Tochimoto nor Taku Takeuchi qualified for a second jump.
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