UPDATED: Mario Seidl does the double at summer nationals
Summer Grand Prix 2018 winner Mario Seidl continues his winning streak with yet another national title on the large hill in Bischofshofen as well as the normal hill in Hinzenbach.
“I was able to lay the foundation for my victory on the hill today. I felt great on the track, even if it was a steep uphill race today. When you cross the finish line first, the pain is forgotten pretty quickly. My shape is good, the training works. I am taking this victory as additional motivation and am looking forward to the winter”, Seidl said after his triumph on the large hill.
He had started his race from the second position, 13 seconds behind jumping winner Franz-Josef Rehrl. In the race, Rehrl did not stand a chance and finished on the second place, +44.4 seconds after Seidl. The third position went to Lukas Greiderer, who reduced a +1:22 time penalty at the start to 52.2. seconds at the finish line. David Pommer, Bernhard Gruber and Thomas Jöbstl claimed positions four to six.
On the normal hill, Seidl dominated the proceedings as well: the first place after a jump totalling at 118.1 points meant a head start of 25-seconds on Summer Grand Prix third-placed Martin Fritz. Franz-Josef Rehrl followed his two teammates three second later.
With another controlled race, Seidl finally crossed the finish line as double national champion 2018 5.2 seconds earlier than Bernhard Gruber. The 2015 World Champion stormed to the podium from rank 10, showing the fastest time on the track with a racing time of 20:52.8. Franz-Josef Rehrl was narrowly beaten by 0.3 seconds and had to be content with rank three, ranks four to six went to Tomas Jöbstl, Martin Fritz and PyeongChang bronze medallist Lukas Klapfer.