OPA: Victories for Vermeulen and Vrhovnik in Seefeld
The OPA Alpencup series also started into its winter leg on the past weekend with two events in Seefeld, Austria. Austria’s Mika Vermeulen and Vid Vrhovnik from Slovenia were the winners of the 10 km and 5 km Individual Gundersen events.
Vermeulen rules the longer distance
It was fast cross-country skier Mika Vermeulen who could claim the victory in the 10 km event on Saturday, making up a one minute and two second time disadvantage after jumping to 28th in the jumping round. 102.5 metres had put Vermeulen’s teammate Manuel Einkemmer in the lead after the jumping round. 120 points gave him a 6-second head start on Germany’s Wendelin Thannheimer who had jumped the same distance. France’s Edgar Vallet ranked third at the intermediate point (102 m; 117.5 points).
In the race, the strong skiers could play their trump cards and so it was not surprising that the first three positions went to athletes with top ten skiing times. Vermeulen needed 26:02.8 for the 10 km and finally finished 5.9 seconds ahead of runner-up Marc Luis Rainer from Austria. Italy’s Aaron Kostner capured rank three by crossing the finish line 10.9 seconds after Vermeulen. The German team placed athletes Max Holland, Youth Olympic Games winner Tim Kopp, David Mach and Luis Lehnert on the ranks four to eight, the remaining two Top Ten spots went to France with Theo Rochat and Mael Tyrode.
Ski Jumping Results
Maiden victory for Vrhovnik in the 5 km event
Strong jumper Vid Vrhovnik struck back in the shorter version of the Individual Gundersen on Sunday. The jumping winner (104 m; 122.5 p., ex aequo with Philip Beikircher) had 32 seconds of time advantage on Manuel Einkemmer, Luis Lehnert and Edgar Vallet who all claimed the third position at the intermediate point of the event.
The 30th fastest time of 13:23.4 were enough to distance Philip Beikircher by 5.9 seconds after the 5 km distance. German Youth Olympic Champion Tim Kopp returned to the podium with a third place, improving from rank six after the jumping event. He finished 8 seconds after Vrhovnik. The fastest man on the track was Germany’s Hans Neubert who needed 12:26.3 for the distance and turned rank 34 into a final 16th position.
Ski Jumping Results
In the overall standings, Germany's Justin Moczarski is still in the lead with the points collected in the summer event (261), ahead of Christian Deuschl (240) and Vid Vrhovnik (204).