COC: Steindl takes last victory, Greiderer overall winner
With one last Final Individual Gundersen competition, the Continental Cup season 2014/15 concluded in Chaikovskiy, Russia. The last winner of the winter is Austria’s Fabian Steindl who crossed the finish line first after two jumps and 15 kilometres of cross-country racing, beating out German Tobias Simon by 48.9 seconds. The third rank went to the previous day’s winner Harald Lemmerer who finished 50 seconds after Steindl.
In the jumping event, Steindl and Simon had been jumping in their own class, showing great efforts of 138 and 133.5 and 131.5 and 135 metres, the only four jumps of the day to go over 130 metres on this day. With their total point scores of 262.7 and 253.2 points, they started within 38 seconds of each other but one and a half minutes earlier than the rest of the field. The third rank after jumping was captured by Russian local hero Niyaz Nabeev who delighted the big crowd of spectators who could follow the race live on a big video wall with a live transmission for the first time in the history of the Continental Cup.
Nabeev jumped 125 and 128.5 metres and started 2 minutes and 8 seconds after Steindl. The podium athletes of the previous days, Martin Fritz, Franz-Josef Rehrl and Harald Lemmerer ranked fourth, seventh and eighth and had to deal with time disadvantages ranging from +2:30 to over three minutes.
Ski Jumping results
In the cross-country race, Fabian Steindl was able to ski his second victory of the weekend into the finish without any danger. The 22-fastest time was enough to still finish with a big gap on pursuer Tobias Simon who had to fight to keep the fast-approaching Harald Lemmerer off his back by one second in the finish. Martin Fritz and Franz-Josef Rehrl worked their way towards the head of the field by overtaking Ernest Yahin and Niaz Nabeev as well as Japanese Hisaki Nagamine. In the end, the Austrians took seven of the Top Ten positions again with Russia’s Ernest Yahin and Japanese Go Yamamoto claiming ranks six and ten.
As none of the top contenders for the COC overall standings were competing in Chaikovskiy, Austria’s Lukas Greiderer took home his overall win with a total point score of 528 points. Harald Lemmerer worked his way up to a final second position with 484 points and Norway’s Gudmund Storlien claimed the third rank with 462 points. In the Nations Cup, Austria wins with 4453 points ahead of Norway (3028) and Germany (1816).