Rehrl, Pommer and Seidl dominate Austrian nationals

15 October 2016 20:42
Successful weekend for Seidl, Rehrl and Pommer
Successful weekend for Seidl, Rehrl and Pommer -
Nordic Combined Austria

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
Final 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
Final Results