COC: Tobias Simon wins second event in Klingenthal
The Continental Cup in Klingenthal returned to the normal 10 kilometre version of the Individual Gundersen event and again, it was a German who topped the result list. Tobias Simon claimed the victory 10.1 seconds ahead of Japanese Go Yamamoto who had also claimed the second rank today and is now wearing the green COC overall leader bib. The third position went to Austria’s Thomas Jöbstl (+00:38.3).
Tobias Simon laid the foundation for his victory on the jumping hill. Known as a strong jumper, the German had 129.5 metres to show for on the hill and reached 120.6 points which meant a head start of four seconds on Go Yamamoto. 22 seconds later, the start was free for Czech youngster Ondrej Pazout who jumped 129 metres (115.2 p.).
Strong Austrian skiers Harald Lemmerer and Thomas Jöbstl had good starting positions with ranks nine and 13 +01:00 and +01:11 after the leader but only Thomas Jöbstl was able to capitalise on this as Lemmerer did not start the race.
When the action on the cross-country track started, Simon and Yamamoto were able to escape Jöbstl who was catching up fast but all other athletes in the way had to let the Austrian pass. In the end, Pazout claimed a very respectable fourth position and also Matti Herola, Sinde Ure Søtvik, Go Sonehara, Ben Loomis, Florian Dagn and Martin Fritz worked their way into the final Top Ten. The fastest cross-country time came from Hugo Buffard. The Frenchman needed 21:39.3 for the 10km.
With two second places, Japan’s Go Yamamoto now wears the green bib of the Continental Cup overall leader. A third Individual Gundersen event is on schedule in Klingenthal tomorrow.
Ski Jumping Results