Rehrl, Pommer and Seidl dominate Austrian nationals
This weekend, the Austrian summer national titles on the large and normal hill were up for grabs and on both day, Franz-Josef Rehrl, David Pommer and Mario Seidl distributed the podium positions among themselves.
With World Champion Bernhard Gruber not on start as he just became the father of a little boy called Benjamin and teammates Lukas Klapfer (injury) and Philipp Orter (cold) also sidelined, Seidl shone on Friday by taking the intermediate lead after the ski jumping event (138 m; 135.1 p., 33 seconds of head start) and did not let go of his lead on the full 6-kilometre ascent from downtown Eisenerz to the Eisenerzer Ramsau for which he had to climb a height difference of 350 metres.
He finally crossed the finish line one minute and four seconds ahead of David Pommer for whom this was the best result at a national championship ever. Pommer’s result was all the more surprising as he had been sidelined with a clavicle fracture and just started with jumping training again at the end of September. The third rank went to Franz-Josef Rehrl who had also started the race out of the third position and finally finished +01:18.8 after Seidl.
Ski Jumping Results
On the following day, Rehrl turned the tables on his teammates. Jumping 103.5 metres on the new HS 109 hill in Eisenerz, Rehrl had a nine second head start on David Pommer (102.5 metres), Seidl followed in the third position (104 m, +0:11). This time, the athletes had to roller-ski on a 2-kilometre loop in the centre of Trofaiach. The leading trio did not give the pursuing athletes any chance to catch up with them and in the end, a finish line sprint between Rehrl and Seidl had to decide the winner. With just enough power to make a lunge for the last big step and the missing centimetres, Rehrl captured the first national title of his career. With Seidl on 2 and Pommer on three, the same athletes as the day before were able to add to their medal collections.
Rehrl: I am overjoyed that it worked out with my first national title today. It was an exciting fight and at the end, I just had some power left to gain the centimetres I needed for victory. It shows that the hard work I put in over the summer paid off. I am looking forward to the winter now that I have collected plenty of confidence.“
Ski Jumping Results