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Ski Jumping at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Large Hill, Individual

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, Hakuba
Date Started: February 15, 1998
Date Finished: February 15, 1998
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form. Only the top 30 jumpers (and ties) from the first jump advance to the second jump.

Gold: JPN Kazuyoshi Funaki
Silver: FIN Jani Soininen
Bronze: JPN Masahiko Harada

Summary

30,000 spectators gathered at the Hakuba Ski Jump in anticipation of the first Japanese Olympic triumph in the sport since the Sapporo Games in 1972. The home crowd certainly had reasons to expect a memorable day's sport. The enigmatic Masahiko Harada held the world title at this event, Four Hills champion Kazuyoshi Funaki had already won a silver medal at these Games and the two other Japanese jumpers, Okabe and Saito, were also talented performers. The man who threatened to spoil the party for the hosts was the jumper who had already won on the smaller hill, Jani Soininen of Finland.

Whilst the Japanese occupied three of the first six places, the half way lead was taken by the 21-year-old Austrian Andreas Widhölzl, who had already impressed in taking third place in the K-90 competition. In sixth place, but apparently out of medal contention after the first round, was Harada but his second round leap was a monster. His jump was so long that he landed outside the range of the electronic measuring device and had to be measured manually. The competition could not wait and the last five jumps were taken before Harada's score was processed. With the crowd at a fever pitch Funaki stepped up to take his jump and sailed out to 132.5 m and into the lead. Funaki also scored perfect 20.0 on style points from all five judges, the only time this has occurred at the Winter Olympics (through 2010), and one of only five times this has been accomplished in international ski jumping.

Soininen produced a respectable but not huge leap and could not overhaul Funaki.

Second-placed Okabe failed to leap within ten metres of his first attempt and slumped down the leader board, which left only Widhölz between Japan and Olympic gold. The Austrian dropped well short of the required distance and a great cheer came from the home supporters as Funaki was recognized as champion. A few seconds later confirmation came that Harada's giant leap had catapulted him into the bronze medal position.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Kazuyoshi Funaki 22 Japan JPN Gold 272.3
2 Jani Soininen 25 Finland FIN Silver 260.8
3 Masahiko Harada 29 Japan JPN Bronze 258.3
4 Andreas Widhölzl 21 Austria AUT 258.2
5 Primož Peterka 18 Slovenia SLO 251.1
6 Takanobu Okabe 27 Japan JPN 250.1
7 Reinhard Schwarzenberger 21 Austria AUT 244.2
8 Michal Doležal 19 Czech Republic CZE 243.2
9 Roar Ljøkelsøy 21 Norway NOR 242.3
10 Lasse Ottesen 23 Norway NOR 238.9
11 Wojciech Skupień 21 Poland POL 237.5
12 Dieter Thoma 28 Germany GER 235.6
13 Kristian Brenden 21 Norway NOR 234.5
14 Martin Schmitt 20 Germany GER 233.7
15 Jakub Sucháček 19 Czech Republic CZE 229.3
16 Nicolas Dessum 20 France FRA 228.5
17 Blaž Vrhovnik 16 Slovenia SLO 226.8
18 Mika Laitinen 24 Finland FIN 222.5
19 Bruno Reuteler 26 Switzerland SUI 222.3
20 Robert Mateja 23 Poland POL 219.6
21 Jérôme Gay 22 France FRA 219.3
22 Roberto Cecon 26 Italy ITA 217.6
23 Artur Khamidulin 20 Russia RUS 217.2
24 František Jež 27 Czech Republic CZE 208.7
25 Stanislav Filimonov 18 Kazakhstan KAZ 206.6
26 Martin Mesík 18 Slovakia SVK 198.0
27 Aleksandr Volkov 19 Russia RUS 179.5
28 Peter Žonta 19 Slovenia SLO 178.4
29 Volodymyr Hlyvka 24 Ukraine UKR 168.5
30 Casey Colby 23 United States USA 165.8
31 Ari-Pekka Nikkola 28 Finland FIN 94.3
32 Aleksandr Sinyavsky 20 Belarus BLR 94.2
33 Marco Steinauer 21 Switzerland SUI 93.9
34 Miha Rihtar 16 Slovenia SLO 93.4
35 Valery Kobelev 24 Russia RUS 92.9
36 Ivan Kozlov 19 Ukraine UKR 91.9
37 Janne Ahonen 20 Finland FIN 91.3
38 Henning Stensrud 20 Norway NOR 89.7
39 Simon Ammann 16 Switzerland SUI 89.3
40 Choi Heung-Cheol 16 South Korea KOR 89.1
41 Sylvain Freiholz 23 Switzerland SUI 88.8
42 Pavel Gayduk 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 87.1
43 Martin Höllwarth 23 Austria AUT 86.6
44 Alan Alborn 17 United States USA 82.5
45 Łukasz Kruczek 22 Poland POL 81.6
46 Aleksandr Kolmakov 31 Kazakhstan KAZ 80.7
47 Hiroya Saito 27 Japan JPN 79.5
48 Sven Hannawald 23 Germany GER 78.0
49 Dmitry Chvykov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 76.2
50 Randy Weber 20 United States USA 75.3
51 Kim Hyeon-Gi 14 South Korea KOR 72.9
52 Adam Małysz 20 Poland POL 71.1
53 Choi Yong-Jik 15 South Korea KOR 66.6
54 Nikolay Petrushin 18 Russia RUS 66.1
55 Aleksey Shibko 20 Belarus BLR 65.1
56 Jaroslav Sakala 28 Czech Republic CZE 61.2
57 Hansjörg Jäkle 26 Germany GER 61.1
58 Brendan Doran 18 United States USA 58.7
59 Kakha Tsakadze 29 Georgia GEO 52.6
60 Stefan Horngacher 28 Austria AUT 41.2
61 Liubym Kohan 22 Ukraine UKR 35.2
62 Kim Heung-Soo 17 South Korea KOR 9.9