Winter Olympics: Stoch retains Olympic ski jump title at the death

Stoch pose for a picture after the victory ceremony. PHOTO: AFP

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AFP) - Poland's Kamil Stoch produced a clutch final jump of 136.5m to retain his Olympic title in a cliff-hanging men's large hill ski jump final Saturday (Feb 17).

Stoch's team mates hoisted the 30-year-old onto their shoulders after he pipped Andreas Wellinger at the death, preventing the German from capturing his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games.

It also made up for the Pole's disappointment at finishing fourth and out of the medals in last week's normal hill, which he also won in his famous Sochi double four years ago.

"It's unbelievable, I can't describe this feeling right now inside me," said Stoch.

"I feel like I'm still dreaming but this is a beautiful dream so I don't want to wake up."

Wellinger had to settle for silver this time after his upset victory on the normal hill, despite pulling off a monster leap of 142.0m.

It gave him 282.3 points but left him still short of Stoch's winning total of 285.7 as the bronze went to Norway's Robert Johansson, who also finished third in the normal hill.

"It's crazy, come to the Olympics, win a gold and a silver medal in the two individual competitions - it's unbelievable and I think I need a few more weeks to realise (it)," said Wellinger.

Behind Johansson, who has also lit up social media with his gloriously bushy moustache, fellow Norwegians Andre-Daniel Tande and Johann Andre Forfang, runner-up in the normal hill, rounded out the top five.

Reigning world champion Stefan Kraft slumped to 18th place while Japan's Noriaki Kasai, who was appearing in a record eighth Winter Games, failed to make the final in what could be the 45-year-old cult hero's Olympic farewell.

"I want to say a big 'thank you' to all my team mates, especially the coaches, because they create the opportunities for us to achieve what we can," added Stoch.

"I just wanted to make my best jumps here, especially on the big hill, and I think I did that."

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