Frenzel wins qualification in Lillehammer
After a first - to his standards - mediocre weekend in Ruka, Eric Frenzel has taken the victory in the PCR/Qualification in Lillehammer today. The German jumped 99.5 metres on the HS 100 normal hill, took 133.4 points and rank one.
If the PCR has to be used this weekend, this means a 4-second headstart on Japan’s Akito Watabe who landed at 97.5 metres (132.4 p.). Watabe’s teammate Takehiro Watanabe underlined his strong jumping shape once more and showed 99 metres (132.3 p., +0:05). The German team surprised with a great jumping performance by it’s usually fast skiers: Björn Kircheisen held the position four (98.5 m; 130.7 p.), Johannes Rydzek ended up on the sixth position (96 m; 130.1 p.) and Fabian Rießle on rank eight (96.5 m; 129.3 p.). They would have to make up 11, 13 and 16 seconds respectively, turning them into hot favourites for podium positions.
As expected, the smaller hill made the field move closely together and so the first 26 athlete would start within one minute of each other should the PCR be used. Only 50 out of the 67 athletes on start qualified themselves for the Individual Gundersen event on Saturday. Prominent victims of the qualification were Italy’s Alessandro Pittin who had surely imagined his comeback qualification to go like this, Magnus Moan, Bernhard Flaschberger and Lukas Runggaldier.