Austria's Philipp Orter is Junior World Champion 2014
Philipp Orter has taken the top honours in today's 10 kilometre Individual Gundersen competition at the Junior World Championships in Val di Fiemme. He crossed the finish line 4.0 seconds ahead of Ilkka Herola from Finland. The bronze medal went to David Welde from Germany. On top of that, all podium athletes will enjoy a personalised start right to the World Cup until the next Junior World Championships.
In the ski jumping round, young Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber impressed with a super-jump of 105.5 metres, giving him 103.6 points and a clear lead at the intermediate point. Estonian World Cup athlete Kristjan Ilves followed on rank two with 102.5 (124.1 p.) which meant a time behind for the 10-kilometre cross-country race of 26 seconds. Austria's Martin Fritz claimed the third position after jumping (99 metres; 117.3 p.).
Riiber and Ilves were joined in the over-100-metres-club by Japanese Hisaki Nagamine who jumped 100 metres in good head wind conditions. His jump gave him an intermediate fifth rank with one minute and 15 seconds of time behind on Riiber. Medal favourite Ilkka Herola did not have the best jump on the hill with 97.5 metres and had to make up +01:24 on the track. Skiing together with him was fellow World Cup-expererienced athlete Philipp Orter from Austria who claimed rank seven after jumping (+01:20).
In the action-packed cross-country race, Philipp Orter and Ilkka Herola worked together, first to catch up with the leading Norwegian Riiber in the second lap and then to keep the strong pursuers at bay. Behind these two, two fast groups formed, the first one consisting of Germans Welde, Lange and Weber and the second one with fast Frenchman Hugo Buffard, Bernhard Flaschberger from Austria and Norway's Sindre Pettersen. With a time of 27:54.5, Buffard was the fastest man on skis, catching up about 2 minutes to the lead.
In the end, Herola managed to overtake Orter on the last downhil because he had faster skis, but on the following uphill, Orter proved just too strong. Herola tried for a sprint on the home stretch but had nothing more to give in the end. Behind the gold and silver medallists, the fast skiers of Buffard, Pettersen, Flaschberger and Welde had formed a big group in the end with Welde having the best end for himself. He finished one second ahead of Buffard who ended up on the unlucky fourth position.
The Top Ten were completed by Flaschberger, AUT (5.), Pettersen, NOR (6.), Lange, GER (7.), Weber, GER (8.), Torni, FIN (9.) and Fritz, AUT (10.). In three photo finishes, Kielland and Mavc fought for positions 12 and 13, Ilves and Buzzi for 16th and 17th and Denda and Zharkov for 39th and 40th.
The next Nordic Combined competiton, a 5 kilometre Individual Gundersen will take place on the first of February.