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Ski Jumping at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): , Autrans
Date Started: February 11, 1968
Date Finished: February 11, 1968
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: TCH Jiří Raška
Silver: AUT Reinhold Bachler
Bronze: AUT Baldur Preiml

Summary

A record number of 58 ski jumpers from 17 countries were entered for the Olympic ski jumping competitions in 1968. The Norwegian Bjørn Wirkola had won both ski jumping competitions at the World Championships in Oslo 1966 and had dominated the international scene in the following years, winning at Holmenkollen in 1966 and 1967 and the 1967 and 1968 Four Hills Tournament.

In the Normal Hill competition, the young Soviet jumper Anatoly Zheglanov took an early lead with an excellent jump of 79.5 m. The Austrian Baldur Preiml, starting 28th, produced the longest jump of the day with 80.0 m and was still in the lead until one of the last starters, Czechoslovakian Jiří Raška jumped 79.0 m with superb style and bettered Preindl’s total points. The 21-year old Finn Topi Mattila was lying third after the first round, beating Zheglanov’s point score with a 78.0 m jump. Wirkola was a disappointing sixth.

In the second round the jumps were considerably shorter. Austrian Reinhold Bachler produced the longest jump of the round with 76.0 m and advanced from eighth to the silver medal position. Raška had a more mediocre jump of 72.5 m but claimed the first ever gold medal in ski jumping for Czechoslovakia. Preindl was able to hold off Wirkola in the battle for the bronze medal. Defending Champion Veikko Kankkonen was a distant 17th, seemingly totally out of form.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Jiří Raška 27 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 216.5
2 Reinhold Bachler 23 Austria AUT Silver 214.2
3 Baldur Preiml 28 Austria AUT Bronze 212.6
4 Bjørn Wirkola 24 Norway NOR 212.0
5 Topi Mattila 21 Finland FIN 211.9
6 Anatoly Zheglanov 21 Soviet Union URS 211.5
7 Dieter Neuendorf 27 East Germany GDR 211.3
8 Vladimir Belousov 21 Soviet Union URS 207.5
9 Ladislav Divila 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 207.3
10T Günther Göllner 26 West Germany FRG 207.1
10T Gilbert Poirot 23 France FRA 207.1
12 František Rydval 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 206.8
13 Lars Grini 23 Norway NOR 206.1
14T Ludvik Zajc 25 Yugoslavia YUG 205.4
14T Gary Napalkov 19 Soviet Union URS 205.4
14T Manfred Queck 26 East Germany GDR 205.4
17 Veikko Kankkonen 28 Finland FIN 205.1
18 Alain Macle 23 France FRA 204.0
19 Zbyněk Hubač 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 203.6
20 Wolfgang Stöhr 21 East Germany GDR 199.3
21 Jan Olaf Roaldset 21 Norway NOR 197.7
22 Heini Ihle 26 West Germany FRG 197.4
23 Yukio Kasaya 24 Japan JPN 196.4
24 Akitsugu Konno 23 Japan JPN 196.3
25 Giacomo Aimoni 28 Italy ITA 195.0
26 Takashi Fujisawa 24 Japan JPN 194.5
27 Józef Przybyła 23 Poland POL 193.7
28 Henrik Ohlmeyer 21 West Germany FRG 193.6
29 Sepp Lichtenegger 30 Austria AUT 193.1
30 Erwin Fiedor 24 Poland POL 191.8
31 Jo Inge Bjørnebye 21 Norway NOR 190.4
32 Ryszard Witke 28 Poland POL 190.3
33 John Balfanz 27 United States USA 189.7
34 László Gellér 23 Hungary HUN 189.6
35 Józef Kocyan 21 Poland POL 189.0
36 Max Golser 27 Austria AUT 186.0
37 Kurt Elimä 28 Sweden SWE 185.9
38 Marjan Mesec 20 Yugoslavia YUG 185.1
39 Juhani Ruotsalainen 19 Finland FIN 184.4
40 Bill Bakke 21 United States USA 180.8
41 Maurice Arbez 23 France FRA 178.7
42 Jay Rand 17 United States USA 178.4
43 Tord Karlsson 26 Sweden SWE 175.8
44 Adrian Watt 20 United States USA 174.0
45 Heikki Väisänen 25 Finland FIN 170.8
46 Marjan Pečar 27 Yugoslavia YUG 170.1
47 Masakatsu Asari 22 Japan JPN 169.8
48 Ulf Norberg 26 Sweden SWE 167.0
49 Mats Östman 21 Sweden SWE 165.5
50 Michel Saint Lezer 21 France FRA 164.7
51 Peter Eržen 26 Yugoslavia YUG 163.2
52 Josef Zehnder 23 Switzerland SUI 154.2
53 Ulf Kvendbo 19 Canada CAN 153.3
54 Bernd Karwofsky 22 East Germany GDR 151.5
55T Vladimir Smirnov 20 Soviet Union URS 148.3
55T John McInnes 28 Canada CAN 148.3
57 Claude Trahan 28 Canada CAN 130.6
58 Mihály Gellér 20 Hungary HUN 129.0