Ryoyu Kobayashi secured back-to-back Four Hills victories with a narrow win over German local favorite Markus Eisenbichler on Saturday.

Following his success in the opener in Oberstdorf, Germany, earlier this week, Kobayashi repeated in the second Four Hills leg, held just over 60 kilometers to the east in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

He finished just 0.2 points ahead of Eisenbichler with 143 and 135.5-meter efforts that earned him a two-round total of 291.2 points. Slovenia’s Lovro Kos finished third with 286 points.

A second Four Hills grand slam is now within reach for Kobayashi, who swept the prestigious event in the 2018-2019 season.

“I’m super, super happy,” Kobayashi said.

“I was really buzzed in the first round and really nervous in the second. Considering that, my form wasn’t bad,” he said.

By securing his third straight World Cup victory, the 25-year-old improved his season total to five wins and career total to 24.

He leapfrogged Germany’s Karl Geiger into first place in the overall standings.

The final two legs of the Four Hills Tournament will be held in the Austrian resorts of Innsbruck and Bischofshofen next week.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.