While Julian Schmid and Manuel Faißt narrowly missed out on the Nordic Combined World Cup podium in Otepää, the women’s competition had to be scrapped. Thus, only the Austrian Johannes Lamparter was able to celebrate a day of victory on Saturday (01.07.2023).
After cross-country skiing, Schmid was in tenth place. With his jump to 92 meters he was able to make up some points, but at the final count he just missed out on the podium in fourth place. Faisss also caught up. From 13th place, thanks to a jump of 89.5 meters, he rose to 5th place.
Lamparter wins in Riiber’s absence
In the absence of star Jarl Magnus Riiber, who has already won four World Cups this season, Austria’s Johannes Lamparter picked up his fourth World Cup victory. With a daily distance of 99.5 meters, he relegated to the places the Finn Ilkka Herola (98.5 meters) and his compatriot Thomas Rettenegger (96.5).
After cross-country, Lamparter was still in third place behind brothers Jens Luraas and Einem Luraas Oftebro. However, the two Norwegians could not even start to follow on the slope and finished 11th and 31st. “It’s the best way to start the new year. I was a little surprised myself with my jump. Now I’m just enjoying it.” .”, Lamparter then gloated.
Unfavorable conditions in Otepää
Unlike the traditional Gundersen method, in the mass start mode, which is rarely used, the athletes first made it to the cross-country track before the competition followed on the normal slope. Instead of seconds, meters are run in this discipline. However, the competition from the hill had been on the brink for a long time. A strong wind had already caused the cancellation of the women’s jump. After conditions improved slightly, the men were given the all-clear.
Three DSV starters in the top ten after cross-country skiing
From the German team, Fabian Riessle was the best in fourth place after the 10 kilometer race. He was just 0.4 points behind leader Jens Luraas Oftebro. Jakob Lange (7th / +2.9 seconds) was in a promising position, as were Schmid (10th / +3.8) and Faißt (13th / +4.4).
After cross-country skiing, Fabian Rießle finished fourth.
82 meters from the hill, however, Rießle missed every chance of a podium finish. In the end, he moved up to 25th place. Lange got off the table well, but then slumped before landing. 83 meters meant rank 24.
Sommerfeldt gets World Cup points for the first time
Eric Frenzel and Terence Weber were already half a minute behind after cross-country skiing and needed to make up almost eight points. The world record champion Frenzel managed a good jump (90 meters) and was able to regain a few places. In the end, it’s 12th place, Weber finds himself eight places behind with 88 meters. Tristan Sommerfeldt finished the competition in 28th place after a strong run of 87.5 meters and scored his first World Cup points. David Mach has just finished in the top 30 with 78 meters.
In the German team, among others, Vinzenz Geiger, who had been in such good shape lately, disappeared after a cold. Johannes Rydzek also didn’t make the trip to Estonia because of a corona infection.
Women’s competition canceled
The women’s show jumping had previously been cancelled. The wind conditions on the hill were anything but ideal. Strong gusts of wind had already ruined the trial run. The competition also had to be interrupted again and again. In the meantime, the waiting athletes were even wrapped in blankets so they wouldn’t get too cold.
After three athletes left the Bakken, the jury finally accepted and stopped the competition. There was no winner as the practice round did not take place and Friday’s PCR jump cannot be used as the jump result. Another competition is scheduled for Sunday, followed by jumping from 10.30am and running from 12.45pm – weather permitting.
Armbruster box in cross country
The decision was particularly bitter for Nathalie Armbruster who, after a fourth place in cross-country skiing, had a good chance of securing a fourth podium this winter. After the 5 kilometer race, Norwegian World Cup winner and world champion Gyda Westvold Hansen was in the lead ahead of her compatriot Ida Marie Hagen and Slovenia’s Ema Volavsek.
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