Halvor Egner Granerud also won the second competition of the Four Hills Tournament. Andreas Wellinger was the best German in his victory on Sunday January 1, 2023 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The 27-year-old Wellinger showed up as in Oberstdorf, when he was sixth, also in the New Year’s competition and finished eighth with distances of 137 and 133 meters.
German hopeful Karl Geiger was able to improve after his poor qualifying performance (119 meters), but said goodbye to the group of favorites.
With 131.5 meters he entered the second round in tenth place, with 131 meters he even fell out of the top 10 and finished eleventh. In the general classification, Wellinger is only 0.2 points behind Geiger. “I didn’t really manage to do the jump really well. It’s a shame, but it’s not true that progress has always been made in recent weeks. I can be happy with eleventh placeGeiger said.
Granerud the ultimate
Oberstdorf winner Halvor Egner Granerud was again the standout man and scored the most points in both runs. With 140 and 142 meters, the Norwegian confirms his role as favorite for overall victory and extends his lead. Second was Anze Lanisek (140.5 and 137 metres), 6.4 points behind, qualifying winner Dawid Kubacki (136 and 138.5 metres) was third.
“In fact, I expected more. It’s impressive how others descend here. Respect and congratulations to the jumpers, for us this means: keep going. In Innsbruck we will try to get back to the top“, said national coach Stefan Horngacher. “At present, there will be no more German winners, a miracle should happen. But it was already clear in advance that it would be difficult for us. We have to see that we can go step by step. The real breakthrough is still missing.“
Raimund and Schmid can improve
Philipp Raimund again confirmed the strong impressions of the first days of the Four Hills Tournament. Due to problematic wind conditions, he managed only 125.5 meters on the first jump, but then he landed 135 meters – 15th place. In the second attempt, he overtook Stephan Leyhe, among others, who was 17th after 128 and 130 meters.
“That’s really cool, I didn’t expect that. I have gained a lot of self-confidence and can be very satisfied with my system, my jumps are running like clockwork‘ said Raymond.
Like Raimund, Constantin Schmid was unlucky with the first round conditions and only jumped 121 meters. On the second attempt, he was also able to show his class, flew 133 meters and climbed the ranks from 29th to 23rd place. Pius Paschke (124.5 and 127.5 meters) finished in 24th place, Felix Hofmann finished 28th with jumps of 121 and 128 meters.
Next setback for Eisenbichler
For three DSV athletes, the competition was already over after the first round. Martin Hamann (122.5 meters) and Luca Roth (113 meters), who participated in the New Year’s competition alongside Hoffmann from the national group, lost their duels and were eliminated, as did Markus Eisenbichler (124 meters) . After his poor performance in Oberstdorf, the triple world champion experienced the next disappointment by losing to his teammate Paschke.
“It was difficult up there, so in the end I collapsed. But otherwise I showed good jumps here in Garmisch and will just continue in InnsbruckEisenbichler said.I’m just not stable enough to do high level jumps in tough conditions. I have to rework this.“
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