From March 22nd till March 24th the biggest international competition in ski jumping took place in Planica.
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Background: From March 22nd till March 24th the biggest international competition in ski jumping took place in Planica. Already on Friday - on the first competitive day - there were over 10.000 spectators gathered under the "Mamut" jumping object, but another million of them have followed the ski jumping on television all over the world.
After the start of competition was announced with fanfares, the best Alpine skiers have run down from under the take off of the gigantic jumping object, carrying the flags of all countries, whole representatives entered the competition. The competition was joined by 41 jumpers from 12 countries. Each competition performed three jumps of which the two best were judged.
This is Norwegian Torgeir Brandzaeg, who leads after first-day's series of jumps. The length of his three jumps was 120, 108 and 102 metres and he also reached the highest number of points for performing 239.5 points - altogether.
The Champion of Planica Helmut Recknagel jumped 113, 102 and 91 metres and was after his native Kurth only the third.
This is the olympics champion in classic combination, Georg Thoma, West Germany. He jumped three times over 100 metres and is at present in the fifth place. As the 4th succeeded to range Bokeloh from Ost Germany.
Among Yugoslavs Ludvik Zaje was the best. This is his longest jump - 96 metres. He was quite successful as he left behind many excellent competitors.
Also Peter Erzen was good enough. Unfortunately he touched snow with his hands, otherwise he could range himself better. In general there were many competitors to whom the final stage of jump represented some difficulties.
Koba Cakadze jumped in good style, but his jumps were short. By the 99 metres jump he touched snow but in other two jumps he reached the length 79 and 86 metres an so ranged himself on the 24th place.
Yugoslav competitor Marjan Pecar was not lucky. He jumped 92, 86 and 84 metres but his style of performance was not as good.
The Pole, Bujok ranged himself on 33rd place. He jumped 75 and 83 metres but at the 92 metres jump he touched snow with hands.
The first competitive day on the "Mamut" jumping object in Planica was a success. There were no accidents and this fact is once again a proof that this skiing masterpieces is one of the safest objects of this kind in the world. They were all satisfied jumpers, organizator and spectators.
The sunny day in Planica attracted under "Mamut" object more than 15.000 spectators, which with great interest followed the competition on second day of ski jumping.
Second-day's competition have joined 43 jumpers from 12 countries. They performed each three jumps and two of these will be calculated in the final range. The weather was sunny but slightly cold. The competition was disturbed by wind.
Same day's champion was Dieter Bokeloh from Ost Germany. He jumped 99, 117 and 107 metres and has reached together 227.9 points. All competitors from Ost Germany were excellent as they have placed themselves on first four places.
Veit Kurth ranged with 223.6 points on second place. All of his three jumps were long and beautiful. With second jump, which you can see here, he reached the length 110 metres with first 105 and third 107 metres.
They all expect Helmut Recknagel's jumps to be longer as they were. This is his longest jump - 103 metres. With other two he reached 101 metres and has ranged himself on the third place.
The fourth place for Ost Germany was reached by Dietmar Klemm. His longest jump was 113 metres long.
Yesterdays champion Norwegian Torgeir Brandzaeg was this time not so successful in site and length. He jumped 99, 98 and 77 metres and has so reached the fifth place.
Between Russians was good this time the jung competitor Vladimir Palcevski. He has ranged himself on sixth place with jumps 98, 97 and 101 metres.
Heinrich Ihle, West Germany was not lucky this-day. he reached with the first jump 101 metres. His other two jumps were very long: 120 and 115 metres but unfortunately he has touched the snow with his hands.
This is Yugoslav Bozo Jemo. His longest jump was 93 metres long.
Also the second day of competition maid a great impression on all spectators. They all impatiently wait for to-morrow when it will be the last day of this, the biggest ski jumping competition in the world.
Also on the third day of skijumping competition, sunday March 24th, the sun shone upon the valley of Planica. And below the giant jumping hill some 40.000 odd spectators gathered.
Before the beginning of Sunday's competition also President of the Republic Tito arrived, accompanied by his wife Jovanka Broz and several guests.
The ceremonious opening was once more begun by skiers. With flags of the states whose representatives entered the Planica competition they ran into the outrun of the jumping hill. Among cheerful greetings of the spectators the guests want to the TV tower from where they watched the competition with great interest.
The best competitor of the last day was again Dieter Bokeloh from the German Democratic Republic. He jumped 113, 110 and 121 metres far and so accomplished the longest jump of this year's competition. He was the first also on the joint ranklist and so became this year's hero of Planica.
Dietmar Klemm, also from the German Democratic Republic, was with jumps of 107, 111 and 116 metres the second. The second place was his also on the final ranklist.
The third and the fourth in the Sunday's competition were Veit Kurth and Helmut Recknagel. This is the longest Kurths jump, 107 metres.
With Recknagel things didn't go very well on the last day of the competition either. He jumped 98, 100 and 109 metres and was at the end the fourth.
Norwegian Brandzaeg was the seventh, his longest jump 11 metres. In the joint estimation of Saturday's and Sunday's competition be the fifth.
Among Yugoslav representatives Marjan Pecar was the best. On Sunday he was twenty second with the longest jump 101 metres.
Austrian competitor Schiffner jumped on the last day of competition 100 meters and was the seventeenth, on the final ranklist the twenty fourth.
Holger Karlsson, Sweden, was through all three days very good. On Sunday his longest jump was 109 metres. On the final ranklist he shares with Alfred Lesser the twelfth and thirteenth place.
This year's great Planica competition ended. It was doubtless successful, as well in its organization as judging by the results. Into the valley under Ponce peace is going to come again. But the competitors and the organizers will at once begin to prepare for the next Planica championship, three years from now.