Getty Images

Kraft takes Lillehammer title to close gap on Johansson

Kraft takes Lillehammer title to close gap on Johansson

13/03/2019 at 04:01Updated 13/03/2019 at 06:01

Austria’s Stefan Kraft won the Lillehammer section of Raw Air on Tuesday to close the gap on leader Robert Johansson.

Kraft, 25, went 139.0m in his first jump, setting an early pace that no-one was able to keep up with.

Johansson, the winner in Oslo, managed 135.0m whilst Ryoyu Kobayashi and Kamil Stoch both clocked distances of 130.0m, with the wind separating the pair.

In the second jump Kraft went even better as he broke 140 with a jump of 141.0m.

Video - Kraft takes fourth victory of the season with Lillehammer win


The rest of the chasing pack all improved their jumps, but nowhere near enough to compete with Kraft and Johansson and Kobayashi had to settle for silver and bronze respectively.

Two riders to shine in the first jump were Dawid Kubacki and Junshiro Kobayashi, brother of Ryoyu but they faded away at the second attempt.

As the men prepare to move to Trondheim, Kraft has closed the gap on the Raw Air leaders.

He now trails Johansson, who is top of the standings, by 12.9 points, he is also now 14 points ahead of Kobayashi.

In the World Cup standings, Kraft is solidly in third place and is now just 18 points behind Kraft, who is currently in second.