Ilkka Herola new Finnish national champion
Ilkka Herola has won the Finnish winter national championships held in Jyväskyla on Sunday. The 17-year-old clearly dominated the competition and crossed the finish line a whopping 1:26 earlier than runner-up Mikke Leinonen. Veteran Janne Ryynänen claimed the third rank. He finished 1:27 after the happy winner who claimed his first national title with this win.
"My jump was reasonably good and also my cross-country skiing. My level of competing has made good progress today and therefore, I am happy", Herola said after the competition.
With a total jumping score of 114.8, Herola was already in the lead at the beginning of the race. His closest follower was Janne Ryynänen who had 109,5 points after the ski jumping which meant 21 seconds of time disadvantage on Herola. Leinonen followed 40 seconds back, Matti Herola held an intermediate third rank with a time disadvantage of 45 seconds.
In the cross-country part, Herola also set the fastest time on the track. For the 10 km, the resident of Kuopio needed 22:43.6, Mikke Leinonen managed to take the second rank from Janne Ryynänen with a time of 23:30.0 compared to Ryynänen's 23:50.4.
You can see the full result list here.
Eetu Vähäsöyrinki who took a fifth place in the Nordic Combined competition also started in the national championships in ski jumping and claimed an excellent fourth place after Anssi Koivuranta, Olli Muotka and Lauri Asikainen. Ilkka Herola finished 13th, Mikke Leinonen 17th.
You can find the ski jumping result list here.