Haavard Klemetsen wins SGP in Villach
The next individual win in the Summer Grand Prix 2013 goes to Haavard Klemetsen. The Norwegian arrived in the finish 0,7 seconds before his closest adversary, Bernhard Gruber from Austria. The two were joined on the podium by Klemetsen's teammate Jan Schmid who finished 1,5 seconds behind the winner.
After having also won yesterday's PCR, Haavard Klemetsen came out on top of the ski jumping result once again. The Norwegian jumped 94 metres which gave him 123,6 points and 3 seconds advantage on Germany's Tobias Haug who surprised spectators and fans with a very good jump of 94 metres (122,8 p.). Taihei Kato from Japan also jumped 94 metres which meant 122,4 points and 5 seconds of time behind after Klemetsen.
Ranks four, five and six were divided between Bernhard Gruber, Björn Kircheisen and Jan Schmid who started only 16, 16 and 20 seconds after Klemetsen which especially made strong skier Kircheisen into a top favourite for today's win. Good performances by Akito Watabe, Wolfgang Bösl, Tomas Portyk and Evgeniy Klimov rounded out the Top Ten who all started in a time difference of only 28 seconds.
On the whole, 24 athletes were starting within one minute which promised a tight and exciting cross-country race. Only one incident marred today's great jumping competition: young Austrian local hero Mario Seidl had the longest jump of the day with 98 metres but wasn't able to stand his try. With the point deduction for his fall, he ranked only 32nd after ski jumping but at least did not sustain any injuries.
In the exciting roller ski race in front of about 400 spectators, a leading group of five athletes quickly formed. Klemetsen, Gruber, Schmid, Watabe and Kircheisen worked together to keep the followers at bay and succeeded with this except for strong roller skier Magnus Moan who worked his way to the front from rank 30. By setting the strongest cross-country time, he finally finished sixth, rounding off a great Norwegian team result.
For the overall Summer Grand Prix standing, this now means a 20-point lead of Japan's Akito Watabe. With a first and a fourth rank, he accumulated 150 points. Rank two goes to Bernhard Gruber (130 p.), Klemetsen is ranked third (102 points).
The Nordic Combined family will now travel to the last stop of this year's summer competitions in Oberstdorf. A Individual Gundersen is on on Friday (ski jumping part start at 19:00, the roller ski race at 20:30).
Find the full results here:
Overall SGP standing