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Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date11 February 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationAutrans
Participants58 from 17 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Olympic Record 80.5 / Josef Matouš TCH / 31 January 1964
Judge #1L. JohanssonFIN
Judge #2E. LundbergNOR
Judge #3M. KhimichevURS
Judge #4Piero PertileITA
Judge #5J. BorgulaPOL
Venue detailsK-Point: 70 m

A record number of 58 ski jumpers from 17 countries were entered for the Olympic ski jumping competitions in 1968. The Norwegian Bjørn Wirkola had won both ski jumping competitions at the World Championships in Oslo 1966 and had dominated the international scene in the following years, winning at Holmenkollen in 1966 and 1967 and the 1967 and 1968 Four Hills Tournament.

In the Normal Hill competition, the young Soviet jumper Anatoly Zheglanov took an early lead with an excellent jump of 79.5 m. The Austrian Baldur Preiml, starting 28th, produced the longest jump of the day with 80.0 m and was still in the lead until one of the last starters, Czechoslovakian Jiří Raška jumped 79.0 m with superb style and bettered Preindl’s total points. The 21-year old Finn Topi Mattila was lying third after the first round, beating Zheglanov’s point score with a 78.0 m jump. Wirkola was a disappointing sixth.

In the second round the jumps were considerably shorter. Austrian Reinhold Bachler produced the longest jump of the round with 76.0 m and advanced from eighth to the silver medal position. Raška had a more mediocre jump of 72.5 m but claimed the first ever gold medal in ski jumping for Czechoslovakia. Preindl was able to hold off Wirkola in the battle for the bronze medal. Defending Champion Veikko Kankkonen was a distant 17th, seemingly totally out of form.

PosNrJumperNOCPoints
151Jiří RaškaTCH216.5Gold
245Reinhold BachlerAUT214.2Silver
328Baldur PreimlAUT212.6Bronze
449Bjørn WirkolaNOR212.0
550Topi MattilaFIN211.9
618Anatoly ZheglanovURS211.5
752Dieter NeuendorfGDR211.3
853Vladimir BelousovURS207.5
932Ladislav DivilaTCH207.3
=1047Günther GöllnerFRG207.1
=1029Gilbert PoirotFRA207.1
1211František RydvalTCH206.8
1334Lars GriniNOR206.1
=1458Ludvik ZajcYUG205.4
=1435Gary NapalkovURS205.4
=1440Manfred QueckGDR205.4
1730Veikko KankkonenFIN205.1
1856Alain MacleFRA204.0
1919Zbyněk HubačTCH203.6
2024Wolfgang StöhrGDR199.3
213Jan Olaf RoaldsetNOR197.7
2239Heini IhleFRG197.4
2333Yukio KasayaJPN196.4
2415Akitsugu KonnoJPN196.3
2544Giacomo AimoniITA195.0
2646Takashi FujisawaJPN194.5
2743Józef PrzybyłaPOL193.7
2816Henrik OhlmeyerFRG193.6
2920Sepp LichteneggerAUT193.1
3014Erwin FiedorPOL191.8
3123Jo Inge BjørnebyeNOR190.4
3210Ryszard WitkePOL190.3
3354John BalfanzUSA189.7
3442László GellérHUN189.6
3536Józef KocyanPOL189.0
368Max GolserAUT186.0
3748Kurt ElimäSWE185.9
3812Marjan MesecYUG185.1
3925Juhani RuotsalainenFIN184.4
409Bill BakkeUSA180.8
4122Maurice ArbezFRA178.7
4221Jay RandUSA178.4
4337Thord KarlssonSWE175.8
4441Adrian WattUSA174.0
455Heikki VäisänenFIN170.8
4626Marjan PečarYUG170.1
472Masakatsu AsariJPN169.8
481Ulf NorbergSWE167.0
4913Mats ÖstmanSWE165.5
507Michel Saint LezerFRA164.7
5138Peter ErženYUG163.2
5257Josef ZehnderSUI154.2
5355Ulf KvendboCAN153.3
546Bernd KarwofskyGDR151.5
=554Vladimir SmirnovURS148.3
=5527John McInnesCAN148.3
5717Claude TrahanCAN130.6
5831Mihály GellérHUN129.0