Olympic ski jumping gold medalist Ryoyu Kobayashi picked up his third World Cup win of the season Sunday, stunning the crowd with a big jump in Lahti, Finland.

The Japanese star leaped 136.5 meters to score 145.9 points in the season's 30th individual event which was shortened to one round from two due to strong winds.

Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi reacts to his jump in a World Cup event in Lahti, Finland, on March 26, 2023. (Nordic Focus/Kyodo)

Austria's Stefan Kraft was 4.1 points behind in second place after soaring 130.0 meters. Germany's Karl Geiger finished third an additional 4.8 points back.

Kobayashi was victorious outside of Japan for the first time in the 2022-2023 season, having won twice on home snow in Sapporo in January.

Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi (C) celebrates after winning a World Cup event in Lahti, Finland, on March 26, 2023, alongside second-place finisher Stefan Kraft of Austria (L) and Karl Geiger of Germany who ranked third. (Nordic Focus/Kyodo)

"I'm happy to win finally," the 26-year-old said, adding constant wind interruptions and waiting did not bother him because he knew exactly what he had to do for his jump. "I was lucky and things clicked."

It was also the 30th World Cup victory overall for Kobayashi, who won the men's normal hill event at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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