COC: Andersen heads Norwegian double victory
Double victory for Nordic Combined Norway: Espen Andersen has taken the victory in the second-but-last event of the winter in Klingenthal. He finished 2.8 seconds ahead of his teammate Thomas Kjelbotn. Martin Fritz from Austria reached position three, 3 seconds behind the winner.
Earlier in the day, Norway’s Thomas Kjelbotn had already set the winning jump of 131.5 metres in the jumping round in Klingenthal’s HS 140 Vogtlandarena. He was followed by local hero Paul Hanf who landed at 131 metres. 123.3 points meant a 6 second delay on the Norwegian. Three seconds later, fellow German Tobias Simon went out on the track after a 130.5 metre jump and 122.4 points. He was followed by local hero Paul Hanf who landed at 131 metres. 123.3 points meant a 6 second delay on the Norwegian. Three seconds later, fellow German Tobias Simon went out on the track after a 130.5 metre jump and 122.4 points.
Athletes to watch for the race were Frenchman Antoine Gerard on rank six and Norwegian Espen Andersen on rank seven with starting times of +0:18 and +0:20 seconds. Continental Cup overall leader Martin Fritz reached an intermediate ninth rank and had to compensate for a delay of 35 seconds in the race. Fast skiers Harald Lemmerer and Thomas Jöbstl started with time behinds of one minute and eleven and one minunte and 24 seconds.
In the race, a leading group of about 5 athletes established itself containing the future winner Andersen, Thomas Kjelbotn, Antoine Gerard, Martin Fritz and Paul Hanf. Those athletes stayed together for most of the race and kept fast skiers Harald Lemmerer and Bernhard Flaschberger successfully off their backs.
In the end, Andersen proved to be the fastest athlete on the last few hundred metres and beat teammate Thomas Kjelbotn to the victory. A third places was enough for green bib bearer Martin Fritz to secure the overall victory. Ranks four and five went to Antoine Gerard and Paul Hanf. Lemmerer and Flaschberger were not able to close the gap to the leading group fully, finishing +00:39.2 and 00:39.8 after the winner.
Ski Jumping results
In the overall, Martin Fritz now leads uncatchably with 693 points ahead of teammates Harald Lemmerer (570 p.) and Lukas Greiderer (512 p.).