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Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Nordic Combined Ski Jump, Seefeld
Date Started: January 31, 1964
Date Finished: January 31, 1964
Format: Three jumps, all scored on distance and form, with best two of three jumps to count.

Gold: FIN Veikko Kankkonen
Silver: NOR Toralf Engan
Bronze: NOR Torgeir Brandtzæg

Summary

Norwegian Toralf Engan won the Normal Hill at the 1962 World Championships and was considered a favorite together with Finland’s Veikko Kankkonen, who earlier in the Olympic season had shown consistency by winning the Four Hills Tournament. Defending Olympic Champion Helmut Recknagel was still a major force in ski jumping, winning gold on the Large Hill and bronze on the Normal Hill in the 1962 World Championships.

Wearing start number 1, the 21-year old Norwegian Hans Olav Sørensen was in the lead with a 76 m-jump until Engan, with start number 43, made an excellent jump of 79 m and took over the lead. But then the Czechoslovakian jumper Josef Matouš surprised everybody with 80.5 m, the longest jump of the day to take over the lead. Kankkonen, jumping last of the 53 participants, missed his first jump and was a distant 29th after the first round.

In the second round, a young Norwegian, 22-year-old Torgeir Brandtzæg, who had made a poor first jump, surprised with an excellent 79 m-jump. Engan made another good jump at 78.5 m and took over the lead, since Matouš was not able to follow up his first round jump. Then Kankkonen made the best jump of the day, 80 m and with high style points, but he needed another good jump to be in contention for the gold medal. After round two Engan was in a clear lead with 224.4 points, Matouš in second 6.2, points behind and the consistent German Dieter Neuendorf in third place. Brandtzæg and Kankkonen advanced to fourth and fifth place with their good second jumps and were still among the contenders for the gold medal.

In the third round, Brandtzæg made another good jump of 78 m, improving his total points but was unable to catch Engan, who also improved after his best jump of the day, another 79 m jump with better style points than his first jump. Matouš and Neuendorf were not able to improve and stayed behind Brandtzæg. Kankkonen was the last to jump, and he needed a jump around 78 m to take the gold medal from Engan. The 24-year-old Finn, showing great competitive ability, produced a stylish 79 m-jump and could celebrate as an Olympic champion. Defending champion Recknagel made three consistent jumps and came 6th. He decided to end his sporting career after the 1964 season.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Veikko Kankkonen 24 Finland FIN Gold 229.9
2 Toralf Engan 27 Norway NOR Silver 226.3
3 Torgeir Brandtzæg 22 Norway NOR Bronze 222.9
4 Josef Matouš 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 218.2
5 Dieter Neuendorf 23 Germany GER 214.7
6 Helmut Recknagel 26 Germany GER 210.4
7 Kurt Elimä 24 Sweden SWE 208.9
8 Hans Olav Sørensen 21 Norway NOR 208.6
9 Karl-Heinz Munk 24 Germany GER 207.0
10 John Balfanz 23 United States USA 206.5
11 Sepp Lichtenegger 26 Austria AUT 205.4
12 Pyotr Kovalenko 21 Soviet Union URS 205.1
13 Baldur Preiml 24 Austria AUT 204.6
14T Gene Kotlarek 23 United States USA 203.4
14T Niilo Halonen 23 Finland FIN 203.4
14T Torbjørn Yggeseth 29 Norway NOR 203.4
17 Aleksandr Ivannikov 19 Soviet Union URS 203.3
18 Józef Przybyła 18 Poland POL 203.2
19 Dalibor Motejlek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 202.5
20 Ensio Hyytiä 25 Finland FIN 202.4
21 Nikolay Kamensky 32 Soviet Union URS 201.1
22 Piotr Wala 27 Poland POL 201.0
23 Yukio Kasaya 20 Japan JPN 200.6
24 Ansten Samuelstuen 34 United States USA 200.4
25 Heribert Schmid 22 Switzerland SUI 200.1
26 Sadao Kikuchi 30 Japan JPN 198.5
27 Yosuke Eto 29 Japan JPN 198.4
28T Giacomo Aimoni 24 Italy ITA 197.3
28T Otto Leodolter 27 Austria AUT 197.3
30 Zbyněk Hubač 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 196.8
31 Antero Immonen 28 Finland FIN 195.3
32 Olle Martinsson 19 Sweden SWE 194.8
33 Kjell Sjöberg 26 Sweden SWE 194.6
34 Antoni Łaciak 24 Poland POL 194.3
35 Holger Karlsson 28 Sweden SWE 193.8
36 Nikolay Shamov 27 Soviet Union URS 192.1
37T Max Bolkart 31 Germany GER 191.5
37T Nilo Zandanel 26 Italy ITA 191.5
39 Ludvik Zajc 21 Yugoslavia YUG 191.2
40 Naoki Shimura 22 Japan JPN 190.9
41 David Hicks 18 United States USA 190.3
42 László Gellér 19 Hungary HUN 189.5
43 Kaare Lien 28 Canada CAN 188.3
44 Willi Egger 31 Austria AUT 187.4
45 Ryszard Witke 24 Poland POL 186.1
46 Bruno De Zordo 22 Italy ITA 185.1
47 Miro Oman 28 Yugoslavia YUG 180.9
48 Ueli Scheidegger 25 Switzerland SUI 176.4
49 Božo Jemc 23 Yugoslavia YUG 176.3
50 Peter Eržen 22 Yugoslavia YUG 174.3
51 Josef Zehnder 19 Switzerland SUI 171.7
52 László Csávás 29 Hungary HUN 170.9
53 John McInnes 24 Canada CAN 166.3