Christoph Bieler takes PCR in Trondheim
At the end of the season, Christoph Bieler is getting into a stable strong jumping shape. The Austrian veteran took today's PCR at World Cup returnee venue Trondheim with a great jump of 133.5 metres which gave him 130.1 points and the intermediate lead should the PCR have to be used in case of adverse weather conditions tomorrow. Overall World Cup winner Eric Frenzel also does not show any signs of fatigue and claimed a strong second rank by setting the longest jump of the day, 133.5 metres which gave him 128.6 points. Rank three went to local hero Haavard Klemetsen who jumped 132.5 metres (126.4 p.).
For the cross-country race this would mean a 6-second lead on Frenzel by Bieler who said after the jumping that Frenzel was performing "like a machine" on this high level in regards to jumping. Klemetsen would follow 15 seconds behind and Russian jumping expert Evgeniy Klimov who ranked fourth 24 seconds. Willi Denifl and Berhard Gruber completed a great Austrian team result after jumping by claiming the ranks five and six. Johannes Rydzek and Francois Braud shared rank seven and the Top Ten were completed by Jason Lamy Chappuis on rank nine and local hero Joergen Graabak on rank ten.
Junior World Champion Philipp Orter was able to take a second jump in the PCR as he was handicapped by a piece of paper that had flown into the inrun. He used his chance well and set 120.5 metres which meant rank 21 after he failed to qualify on the last weekend in Lahti.
Nine athletes had to be sorted out for tomorrow's competition as the PCR also acted as a qualification. Among them were Germany's David Welde, Japan's Takehiro Watanabe, Han-Hendrik Piho from Estonia and Norwegians Espen Andersen and Truls Johansen as well as Lukas Runggaldier as probably the most prominent victim.