Russia's Evgeniy Klimov wins first PCR of the season
Haavard Klemetsen second, Willi Denifl third
After the Summer Grand Prix introduced Russia's Evgeniy Klimov as Nordic Combined's new jumping senstation, it looks as if the 19-year-old is there to stay. Klimov won today's first PCR of the season quite clearly ahead of Norway's jumping specialist Haavard Klemetsen and Austria's Wilhelm Denifl.
Klimov wowed the crowd with a jump of 139,5 metres which meant 141,3 points and a 27-second advantage on Haavard Klemetsen on the cross-country track should today's Provisional Competition Round have to be used in case of bad weather.
Klemetsen followed with a jump of 132 metres (134,5 p.), Wilhelm Denifl set 129,5 metres (129,4 p.) which would mean 48 seconds of time behind on the track. Last year's overall World Cup winner Eric Frenzel also proved that he is in good jumping shape, coming in on the fourth place with 128 metres (123,4 p.). World Champion Jason Lamy Chappuis performed slightly weaker with 123 metres (118 p.) and rank eight.
The Top Ten were completed by a squad of comparatively young athletes: Austrian Mario Seidl on five, Karl-August Tiirmaa from Estonia on six, Norwegian youngster Sindre Ure Soetvik on a very good rank seven and Tobias Haug from Germany on rank nine.
Not so lucky were 23 athletes who did not survive the qualification. The most prominent names were Tim Hug, Fabian Riessle, Maxime Laheurte and Alessandro Pittin. Also, Taylor and Bryan Fletcher and their teammate Todd Lodwick did not make it into the competition, making this a black day for the American team along with the disqualification of Billy Demong. Germany's Tino Edelmann only ranked 61st but was saved for the competition because he is among the Top Ten pre-qualified athletes.