Ryoyu Kobayashi and Marita Kramer win springboard grand prix at Beijing 2022 prelude in Willingen

Ryoyu Kobayashi underlined his status as the favorite for the Olympic large hill title with gold in the final competition ahead of Beijing 2022 in Willingen.

The Four Hills champion returned to the best form he showed in 2019 in perfect time for his second Olympics and was a convincing winner in Germany.

The Japanese jumped 145m and the stylistic best points saw him claim victory with a total of 115.6 points, far behind the closest challenger Halvor Egner Granerud.

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Kobayashi finished sixth on the large hill and seventh on the normal hill on his Olympic debut in PyeongChang and is set to improve significantly on his return to China.

On the women’s side, Austria’s Marita Kramer overtook her rivals with a 13th World Cup victory.

Germany’s Katharina Althaus and Slovenia’s Ema Klinec both jumped further, but a high style score allowed Kramer to cross the line with a score of 80.2.

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