Watabe wins 2-hour long PCR in Oberwiesenthal
All of the participants needed a lot of patience today as the PCR in Oberwiesenthal was quite difficult to conduct due to the changing wind conditions. It took exactly 2 hours before it became reality: Yoshito Watabe is the first PCR winner of the summer 2013.
The Japanese landed the longest jump of the round with 105,5 metres which gave him 125,4 points in the end. Norwegian jumping sensation Haavard Klemetsen claimed the second rank with 103 meters and 117,9 points, Austria's Christoph Bieler followed on the third rank with 100,5 metres and 112,5 points.
Should the PCR have to be used tomorrow, this would mean a 30-second advantage for Watabe on Klemetsen, Bieler would follow 52 seconds behind. Last year's top athletes Akito Watabe followed on rank four (+00:53) and Eric Frenzel on rank 9 (+1:13). Jason Lamy Chappuis is not starting in Oberwiesenthal.
As the PCR was also acting as a qualification, 21 athletes will not be allowed to start in tomorrow's individual competition, among them Kail Piho, Janis Morweiser and Wilfried Cailleau.
This morning was also the first time that the Coaches' Button had its first use in Nordic Combined. The coaches shortened the inrun length for Yoshito Watabe, Haavard Klemetsen, Christoph Bieler and Taihei Kato. Only Kato did not reach 95% of hill size and was therefore not awared the compensation points for the shortened inrun.
This afternoon, the Team Sprint competition is scheduled for the athletes. Jumping begins at 17:00 and the roller-ski part at 19:00 local time.
Find the full result list here.