Japan's Ski Jumper Wins Overall World Cup Victory

Japan's ski jumper wins overall World Cup victory

A Japanese athlete has secured an overall victory in the 2018-19 men's Ski Jumping World Cup.

22-year-old Ryoyu Kobayashi had been leading the men's individual all-round competition by winning 11 events so far. He faced the large hill in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on Sunday.

In difficult weather conditions with constantly shifting wind directions, Kobayashi finished the first jump in fourth place by jumping 127 meters.

In the second jump with winds at his back, he ended up jumping 126 meters -- shorter than the first one.

But he finished the event in fifth place with a total of 250.1 points.

This expanded Kobayashi's ranking-point gap against his nearest contender, Kamil Stoch of Poland, to 500 points. Stoch, who had won two events so far, also lost any chance of defeating Kobayashi who has 11 wins.

With five more events to go in this season, Kobayashi already secured his first all-around World Cup title. He has also become the first Japanese ski jumper, as well as the first one from outside Europe, to win the title since the men's Ski Jumping World Cup began in 1979.