Eric Frenzel takes first Holmenkollen win plus the overall!
Eric Frenzel from Germany has also claimed the first win in Oslo today by crossing the finish line 5 seconds earlier than his closest adversary, Akito Watabe from Japan who conquered another second rank, the fifth one this eason. In sunny weather, the podium was completed by Akito's brother Yoshito Watabe who claimed the first podium of his career. He finished 22,2 seconds after the winner.
Once again this year, the Japanese team excelled in the ski jumping part. Yoshito Watabe claimed the intermediate top rank with a jump of 128,5 metres, giving him 122,5 points and the best starting place for the cross-country race. Overall World Cup leader Eric Frenzel set himself up in a promising second position, only 8 seconds behind Watabe by jumping 127,5 metres (120,5 p.) and underlined once more that he is the athlete to beat this season. Watabe's brother Akito followed as third, jumping 126 metres (116,9 p.). He followed on the track with a time disadvantage of 22 seconds.
Behind the Top Three, the jumping experts also didn't disappoint today. In light snowfall at the Holmenkollen, Taihei Kato claimed another fourth rank for the Japanese team, beating out an Austrian trio consisting of Christoph Bieler, Bernhard Gruber and Wilhelm Denifl. With time disadvantages between 31 and 53 seconds, good positions were still possible for these athletes. Jason Lamy Chappuis, the runner-up in this year's World Cup ranked eighth with a starting time 56 seconds behind Watabe.
In the cross-country race, Eric Frenzel immediately closed the gap to Yoshito Watabe and tried to keep the pace high to keep Akito Watabe from catching up. The Japanese nevertheless closed the gap to Frenzel and his brother and did not let go until the last metres of the race. On the final stretch, Frenzel simply proved too strong for Watabe who did not succeed in breaking away on the last uphill. Frenzel outsprinted him on the last metres and also took the overall World Cup with this victory.
Runner-up Jason Lamy Chappuis finished fourth, Taylor Fletcher from the USA once again performed best on the track, improving a 23nd rank after a jumping to a final fifth rank.
You can find the full result list here.
The last competition of the season 2012/13, a Final Individual Gundersen, is on schedule tomorrow. The two ski jumping rounds will start at 09:30, the 15 kilometre-race is on at 12:45.