| Event type

Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date15 February 1998
LocationHakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, Hakuba
Participants62 from 19 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form. Only the top 30 jumpers (and ties) from the first jump advance to the second jump.
Olympic Record 135.5 / Jens Weißflog GER / 22 February 1994
135.5 / Espen Bredesen NOR / 20 February 1994
Judge #1Tapio JunnonenFIN
Judge #2Walter VogelGER
Judge #3Jerzy CieslarPOL
Judge #4Peter ÖbergSWE
Judge #5Yukio KasayaJPN
DetailsK-Point: 120 m

30,000 spectators gathered at the Hakuba Ski Jump in anticipation of the first Japanese Olympic triumph in the sport since the Sapporo Games in 1972. The home crowd certainly had reasons to expect a memorable day’s sport. The enigmatic Masahiko Harada held the world title at this event, Four Hills champion Kazuyoshi Funaki had already won a silver medal at these Games and the two other Japanese jumpers, Okabe and Saito, were also talented performers. The man who threatened to spoil the party for the hosts was the jumper who had already won on the smaller hill, Jani Soininen of Finland.

Whilst the Japanese occupied three of the first six places, the half way lead was taken by the 21-year-old Austrian Andreas Widhölzl, who had already impressed in taking third place in the K-90 competition. In sixth place, but apparently out of medal contention after the first round, was Harada but his second round leap was a monster. His jump was so long that he landed outside the range of the electronic measuring device and had to be measured manually. The competition could not wait and the last five jumps were taken before Harada’s score was processed. With the crowd at a fever pitch Funaki stepped up to take his jump and sailed out to 132.5 m and into the lead. Funaki also scored perfect 20.0 on style points from all five judges, the only time this has occurred at the Winter Olympics (through 2010), and one of only five times this has been accomplished in international ski jumping.

Soininen produced a respectable but not huge leap and could not overhaul Funaki. Second-placed Okabe failed to leap within ten metres of his first attempt and slumped down the leader board, which left only Widhölz between Japan and Olympic gold. The Austrian dropped well short of the required distance and a great cheer came from the home supporters as Funaki was recognized as champion. A few seconds later confirmation came that Harada’s giant leap had catapulted him into the bronze medal position.

PosCompetitorNOCPointsJump #1Jump #2
1Kazuyoshi FunakiJPN272.3129.8 (4)142.5 (1)Gold
2Jani SoininenFIN260.8130.6 (3)130.2 (7)Silver
3Masahiko HaradaJPN258.3117.0 (6)141.3 (2)Bronze
4Andreas WidhölzlAUT258.2138.8 (1)119.4 (14)
5Primož PeterkaSLO251.1115.2 (8)135.9 (3)
6Takanobu OkabeJPN250.1134.0 (2)116.1 (17)
7Reinhard SchwarzenbergerAUT244.2108.4 (16)135.8 (4)
8Michal DoležalCZE243.2107.8 (18)135.4 (5)
9Roar LjøkelsøyNOR242.3116.6 (7)125.7 (10)
10Lasse OttesenNOR238.9118.8 (5)120.1 (12)
11Wojciech SkupieńPOL237.5111.1 (12)126.4 (9)
12Dieter ThomaGER235.6105.2 (22)130.4 (6)
13Kristian BrendenNOR234.5104.4 (24)130.1 (8)
14Martin SchmittGER233.7112.3 (11)121.4 (11)
15Jakub SucháčekCZE229.3111.0 (13)118.3 (15)
16Nicolas DessumFRA228.5113.3 (10)115.2 (18)
17Blaž VrhovnikSLO226.8107.3 (20)119.5 (13)
18Mika LaitinenFIN222.5114.6 (9)107.9 (22)
19Bruno ReutelerSUI222.3105.9 (21)116.4 (16)
20Robert MatejaPOL219.6107.7 (19)111.9 (19)
21Jérôme GayFRA219.3107.9 (17)111.4 (20)
22Roberto CeconITA217.6109.8 (14)107.8 (23)
23Artur KhamidulinRUS217.2109.6 (15)107.6 (24)
24František JežCZE208.7104.3 (25)104.4 (25)
25Stanislav FilimonovKAZ206.698.3 (=27)108.3 (21)
26Martin MesíkSVK198.0101.6 (26)96.4 (26)
27Aleksandr VolkovRUS179.598.3 (=27)81.2 (27)
28Peter ŽontaSLO178.4105.1 (23)73.3 (29)
29Volodymyr HlyvkaUKR168.594.7 (30)73.8 (28)
30Casey ColbyUSA165.896.2 (29)69.6 (30)
31Ari-Pekka NikkolaFIN94.394.3 (31)
32Aliaksandr SiniauskiBLR94.294.2 (32)
33Marco SteinauerSUI93.993.9 (33)
34Miha RihtarSLO93.493.4 (34)
35Valery KobelevRUS92.992.9 (35)
36Ivan KozlovUKR91.991.9 (36)
37Janne AhonenFIN91.391.3 (37)
38Henning StensrudNOR89.789.7 (38)
39Simon AmmannSUI89.389.3 (39)
40Choi Heung-CheolKOR89.189.1 (40)
41Sylvain FreiholzSUI88.888.8 (41)
42Pavel GaydukKAZ87.187.1 (42)
43Martin HöllwarthAUT86.686.6 (43)
44Alan AlbornUSA82.582.5 (44)
45Łukasz KruczekPOL81.681.6 (45)
46Aleksandr KolmakovKAZ80.780.7 (46)
47Hiroya SaitoJPN79.579.5 (47)
48Sven HannawaldGER78.078.0 (48)
49Dmitry ChvykovKAZ76.276.2 (49)
50Randy WeberUSA75.375.3 (50)
51Kim Hyeon-GiKOR72.972.9 (51)
52Adam MałyszPOL71.171.1 (52)
53Choi Yong-JikKOR66.666.6 (53)
54Nikolay PetrushinRUS66.166.1 (54)
55Aliaksei ShybkoBLR65.165.1 (55)
56Jaroslav SakalaCZE61.261.2 (56)
57Hansjörg JäkleGER61.161.1 (57)
58Brendan DoranUSA58.758.7 (58)
59Kakha TsakadzeGEO52.652.6 (59)
60Stefan HorngacherAUT41.241.2 (60)
61Liubym KohanUKR35.235.2 (61)
62Kim Heung-SooKOR9.99.9 (62)