Frenzel & Rydzek victorious at SGP opener
Local hero Eric Frenzel and Johannes Rydzek have taken the win at the first competition of the summer. A Team Sprint was on schedule in Oberwiesenthal today and the Germans proved to be unbeatable with a finish time of 29.31.9. 7.5 seconds later, Team Austria I (Christoph Bieler/Bernhard Gruber) claimed the silver rank, the third place on the podium went to Team Germany II (Tino Edelmann/Björn Kircheisen) who finished 12.4 seconds after the winners.
It was a close call after the ski jumping part on Oberwiesenthal’s Fichtelbergschanze which ended in a double German intermediate lead with Tino Edelmann & Björn Kircheisen as the ones to top the lists with two strong jumps of 102 an 102.5 metres. A total of 253.9 points meant a headstart of only one second on Team Germany I with Rydzek/Frenzel. Johannes Rydzek showed the longest jump of the day with 104 metres. 5 seconds afterwards, the winners of 2013, Christoph Bieler and Bernhard Gruber from Austria went out on the track after two great jumps of 102.5 and 101 metres and a total of 251.6. Austria II with Marco Pichlmayer and Lukas Greiderer claimed the intermediate fourth rank.
For the race, it meant a close starting order with the first 13 teams within one minute of each other. The three first teams stayed with each other as a leading group for all of the race until a strong Johannes Rydzek could make a decisive move on the last part of the last lap and shake pursuers Austria and Germany II. Austria’s Bernhard Gruber outsprinted Tino Edelmann for rank three.
The fight was also on for the ranks four till six in which Team Austria II proved to be the fastest. Lukas Greiderer and Marco Pichlmayer fought Czech Republic’s Tomas Portyk and Miroslav Dvorak and prevailed with a finish time of +00:35 seconds after the winners over Dvorak and Portyk who finished +37.1. Team Norway I with Olympic Champion Jørgen Graabak and Jan Schmid improved their intermediate ninth rank to a final sixth position.
Find the result list here.
Ski Jumping results