UPDATE: Triple win for Yahin at Russian summer nationals
Ernest Yahin is the best Russian Nordic Combined athlete of the summer 2015. After being the sole Russian started in the Summer Grand Prix, the 24-year-old also won the title of the Russian national champion on the normal hill, large hill and in the Team Sprint together with Damir Hinsertdinov in Sochi.
On Wednesday, 7th of October, the normal hill competition was on schedule. Ranking second after the jumping event, Yahin only had to concede defeat to Nordic Combined athlete turned special jumper Evgeniy Klimov who competed in his probably last Nordic Combined event in Sochi. 98 metres to Klimov’s 99.5 meant 18 seconds of time behind for Yahin who did not have a problem to shake Klimov off in the 10 km roller-ski race on the Olympic track.
In the end, Yahin finished first undisputedly, one minute and 25 seconds ahead of Viacheslav Barkov who had ranked seventh after the jumping but conquered the second step of the podium by setting the fastest roller-ski time of 23:54.2 for the 10 km. The third rank went to Ivan Panin, +01:34.3 behind Yahin. Evgeniy Klimov finally finished seventh out of the total 31 athletes.
The following day had the group of Russian Nordic Combined athletes move over to the large hill and once more, the winner was called Ernest Yahin. As on the day before, Evgeniy Klimov won the jumping event but did not start in the race anymore. So it was second-placed Niaz Nabeev who lead the field out on the 10 kilometre rollerski course with an advantage of 30 seconds on Yahin who ranked third after the jump.
In the end, the tables were turned and Yahin won with a margin of 31 seconds on Nabeev. Viacheslav Barkov retured to to the podium as third, 53.1 seconds behind Yahin.
The last days of the summer nationals had a Team Sprint on schedule and once more it was Yahin wo stood on top of the podium, together with his teammate Damir Hinsertdinov from Bashkortostan. Samir Mastiev and Maxim Kipin of the Sverdlovsk region won the silver medals, finishing 52 seconds behind the winners. Bronze went to by Niaz Nabeev and Ivan Panin from Tatarstan.
The jumping event saw the team from Tatarstan in the pole position, a total of 228 points meant a 21 second-headstart on the runners up from Bashkortostan. In the race, Mastiev and Kipin from Sverdlosk went on the hunt, setting the fastest cross-country time of 34.30.5 for the 2x 7.5 km and improved their intermediate fifth position to the final second rank, leaving Nabeev and Panin behind.
Immediately after the competition, the president of the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Federation of Russia, Dmitry Dubrovsky, revealed the further plans for the winter season: "Based on the results of the championship of Russia in Sochi we, along with the coaching staff of the national team led by Alexey Baranov chose five athletes to participate in the World Cup and Continental Cup. According to our quota, we have the right to put up for the World Cup only one competitor now. That athlete will be Ernest Yakhin, preceded by a clear objective - to increase the quota of Russia in the World Cup. We believe that Ernest has the potential."