Austria wins final Team Event at Rasnov 2016

26 February 2016 16:16
JWSC Rasnov: Austria strongest Nordic Combined team
JWSC Rasnov: Austria strongest Nordic Combined team -
Romina Eggert

Austria proved to be the strongest team at the Junior World Championships in Rasnov today. In Nordic Combined’s last event, they beat Team Germany to the gold medal, Bronze went to the team from Finland.

Team Japan held the first position after the jumping event on Rasnov’s HS 100 hill with performances of 94, 95.5 81.5 and 93.5 metres. Hiedumi Denda, Yuto Nakamura, Ryota Yamamoto and Hisaki Nagamine had a point total of 438.6 which meant the intermediate lead and a 36 second advantage on the team from the Czech Republic. Ondrej Pazout, David Zemek, Lukas Danek and Tomas Portyk accumulated a point total of 411.6 points. The third position went to Team Austria after Florian Dagn, brother Noa and Samuel Mraz and Bernhard Flaschberger achieved 391.9 points in total with jumps of 93, 86, 87 and 79 metres.

In the race, Team Germany worked their way to the front from rank five on the first lap with fast Martin Hahn leading the way for his teammates. Utimately, he did not give his teammate tim Kopp enough of a time advantage to hold off the fast skier Noa Mraz from Austria. The Czech team was holding the third position. Samuel Marz was able to keep up the progress made by his teammates and sent reigning Junior World Champion Bernhard Flaschberger into the race with a lead of 36.9 seconds.

Flaschberger was not to be held back on his leg of the race and extended the lead to one minute and 26 seconds in the finish. Germany’s Vinzenz Geiger secured the second position. Czech David Zemek was trying his utmost to keep his team in the race for the third rank but the young athlete struggled and was overtaken by Finland’s Eero Hirvonen who finally finished two minutes and 44 seconds behind team Austria, leading his teammates Wille Karhumaa, Atte Korhonen and Mikko Hulkko to the bronze rank.

The Czech team had to be content with the fourth position, +3:15.5 behind Austria, rank five went to Norway (+3:58.6).

Final Results
Ski Jumping Results