Mikko Kokslien wins last summer test race

28 October 2013 17:33
Mikko Kokslien wins test race
Mikko Kokslien wins test race -
Nordic Combined Norway

Mikko Kokslien won the last summer test race of the Norwegian team in Oberstdorf today. After wishing to complete the summer jumping season in a good way (fisnc.com reported), his wish became reality today as he reached the finish line 29 seconds ahead of Jan Schmid and 50 seconds ahead of Magnus Moan. Magnus Krog and Jørgen Graabak finished fourth (+0:51) and fifth (+1:53).

After the ski jumping part on Oberstdorf's HS 138 large hill with an ice track, Jan Schmid claimed an intermediate pole position and started four seconds earlier than Kokslien who had also already set the second longest jump in the trial round with 130 metres (behind Jan Schmid's 135 metre jump). Moan and Krog followed with 54 and 58 seconds of time disadvantage and Jørgen Graabak had to wait 1:22 before he was allowed to start after a less than stellar jump in the ski jumping part.

Sports Director Sverre Rotevatn was satisfied. "Mikko performed very convincingly today. He had a good development during this camp, especially in the ski jumping part. He was better on the hill than during the whole season preparation so far."

And what did the happy winner have to say? "For the first time in this summer season I felt good and had a win in our test competition on Oberstdorf today. About time…!"