Espen Andersen takes career-first jumping win
Norwegian Espen Andersen has set his first-ever jumping victory on the highest level of the Nordic Combined sport in Ramsau am Dachstein today. The 23-year-old won with 95 metres which he jumped from gate 18 after a coach request. The majority of the field jumped from gate 20 but Andersen’s point total of 132.7 points proved to be unbeatable.
The second rank went to local hero Mario Seidl who had 96.5 metres and 103.3 points to show for. Japanese jumping sensation Tahehiro Watanabe claimed rank three with 97 metres (the longest jump of the day) and 130.2 points.
Should the PCR have to be used during the weekend, Andersen would start with an advantage of 10 seconds on Seidl and also 10 seconds on Watanabe and fourth placed David Pommer who were divided by just 0.3 points.
In total, the young and upcoming athletes were out in full force again with Franz-Josef Rehrl claiming the fifth position, Italy’s Samuel Costa on eight, Vinzenz Geiger from Germany on rank nice and teammate Terence Weber on ten. In true Ramsau-style, the gaps between the athletes were not big: tenth placed Terence Weber would start 34 seconds behind Andersen. In total, 28 athletes reached time disadvantages of one minute and less.
As today’s event was also a qualification, two unlucky athletes did not make it: Italy’s Lukas Runggaldier and Austrian Bernhard Flaschberger. Teammate Lukas Greiderer was disqualified.