Kobayashi Achieves Breakthrough in Ski Jumping World Cup

Sports

Oslo, March 10 (Jiji Press)--Ski jumping star Ryoyu Kobayashi has made a big success, becoming the first Japanese to win men's individual overall title in the World Cup.

In the 23rd men's individual World Cup event of the 2018-2019 season, held in Oslo on Sunday, Kobayashi, 22, finished fifth after flying 127 meters in his first jump and 126 meters in the second jump.

After the latest competition, Kobayashi, who has won 11 World Cup events this season, scored 1,665 points, 500 points ahead of Polish jumper Kamil Stoch, who has won two events and ranks second overall.

If Stoch wins all five remaining events of the season, he would equal Kobayashi in terms of points earned in case the Japanese jumper scores no more point.

In such event, however, Kobayashi would be placed ahead of Stoch because the former's World Cup event wins top those of the latter. A victory in each event gives the winner 100 points.

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