COC: First start, first victory for Maximilian Pfordte
There’s seemingly no end to the German dominance in Nordic Combined right now. Today, also the first COC event of the winter was won by a German athlete: Maximilian Pfordte. The 18-year-old took the victory in his first-ever Continental Cup start by finishing 16.4 seconds ahead of Japan’s Go Yamamoto. Austrian Florian Dagn claimed rank three, +0:18.3 seconds behind Pfordte.
Today’s 5 km Individual Gundersen event opened the door for the younger athletes and the strong jumpers of the field. Pfordte shone with a great jump of 137.5 metres and a total of 135.5 points put him 17 seconds ahead of pursuer Florian Dagn from Austria who had 136.5 metres and 131.2 points to show for. Only Japanese Go Yamamoto came close to this leading group with a time behind of 28 seconds and rank three after his teammate and the dominating jumper of the PCR and the training rounds, Hisaki Nagamine had had a fall in the competition round.
With fourth-placed Ben Berend already 58 seconds behind at the start, the fight for the podium remained a three-men affair. In the end, Pfordte was able to uphold the gab while Go Yamamoto wrestled the second place from Dagn. Tobias Simon and Martin Fritz followed on ranks four and five, the rest of the Top Ten spots went to Thomas Kjelbotn, David Welde, Ben Berend, Harald Riiber and Niyaz Nabeev. Italy’s Armin Bauer had the fastest cross-country time and improved from rank 25 to a final 17th position.
Ski Jumping Results