Led by veteran ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, the men’s ski jump team took home the bronze medal for Japan on Monday. Germany went past Austria to clinch the gold, leaving the two-time defending champions to take home the silver at the Sochi Winter Games.
Olympic first-timer Rehiru Shimizu opened the K-125, 140-meter large hill ski jump event for Japan followed by Taku Takeuchi, Daiki Ito and lastly, Kasai. A 132.5-meter jump from Shimizu and 134-meter result from Kasai secured a final spot for the Japanese team at third place, after Austria and Germany. Shimizu’s final jump of 131.5 meters pushed Japan closer to Austria with a 6.8 margin. However, Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern’s 133.5-meter jump opened the lead by 16.2, pushing them to the second spot. Ito’s attempt temporarily placed Japan on second with 887.6, after Germany’s 910.4. With Japan’s last jump placed on Kasai’s shoulders, the veteran ski jumper leaped to 134 meters. However, the effort fell short as Austria’s George Schlierenzauer jumped to put their team on the lead.
Germany’s final jumper Severin Freund garnered 130.7 points, pushing his team back on top of Austria with a 2.7 margin of victory. Japan’s bronze medal for ski jump is its second podium finish on the event. The first and last time was in Nagano in 1998 when the country hosted that year’s Winter Games.
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