Krog/Graabak unbeatable in Val di Fiemme Team Sprint
Magnus Krog and Jørgen Graabak were unbeatable in Val di Fiemme today and secured the jumping and the final victory in the Team Sprint. The Norwegians crossed the finish line 6.7 seconds ahead of Team Germany I. Tino Edelmann captured the second rank in an intense finish line sprint against Maxime Laheurte of Team France I.
In a jumping round that was characterised by a big change in the wind conditions before the last eight jumpers, Norway I with Magnus Krog and Jørgen Graabak surprised with the jumping win. The Norwegians showed two great performances of 121.5 and 126.5 metres, giving them a point total of 283.3 points and one second of time advantage on Team France I. Maxime Laheurte and Francois Braud jumped 123 and 129.5 metres giving them a joint score of 282.6 points. Ranking third were Philipp Orter and Mario Seidl of Team Austria II. They had 124 and 130.5 metres to show for and a point total of 277.8 points put them eleven seconds behind the leading team from Norway.
Also in the fight for the podium were the teams Germany I and Austria II. Edelmann/Haug and Gruber/Klapfer had 275.3 and 270.7 points in their accounts which meant a starting time of +0:16 and +0:25 for the race.
In the middle of the changing wind conditions that featured a greatly increased head wind situation, Italy’s Samuel Costa had an amazing jump of 142 metres on Predazzo’s HS 134 hill (Eric Frenzel’s record jump from the World Championships in 2013 was 138.5 metres) but was not able to stand the landing. Costa crashed and he and teammate Armin Bauer fell back to rank 15, one minute and 58 seconds behind the leader but at least Costa did not injure himself as first examinations showed.
Magnus Krog opened the race for the Norwegian leaders and he went at it hard. Already on the first lap, Francois Braud had to let go of Krog and this was the last time that the leaders had any kind of contact to their pursuers. Graabak and Krog skied an even and strong race, so the pursuers had no hopes of catching up. In the end, both athletes were eben able to ski slower and preserve some energy for the two upcoming Individual Gundersen events this weekend.
Behind Krog and Graabak, however, the fight for the remaining two podium spots was on in full force. Team France I with Francois Braud and Maxime Laheurte, Team Germany I with Tobias Haug and Tino Edelmann and the two Austrian teams with Lukas Klapfer and Bernhard Gruber and Mario Seidl and Philipp Orter were all within striking distance. The first victim of the high pace was team Austria II when Mario Seidl hat to let go of the rest of the group.
On the last lap of the first athletes it looked like Team Germany would be out of the equation, too. Tobias Haug had to make do with a broken pole but his teammate Tino Edelmann showed his strongest performance of the whole season, closed the gap on his lap and sprinted all the way up to rank two. Maxime Laheurte had to concede defeat in an intense finish line sprint but beat Austrian World Champion Berni Gruber to the third place. The second Norwegian team consisting of Jan Schmid and Magnus Moan finished on the fifth position, the family team Fletcher for USA on rank six.
Ski Jumping Results