Yoshito Watabe wins the PCR in Oberstdorf
The last competition weekend before the Olympic Games in Sochi is now officially opened and the first to write down his name in the winner's list is Japan's Yoshito Watabe. With a strong jump of 132.5 metres he accumulated 135 points and took the win ahead of Austria's Wilhelm Denilf (130 m; 133 p.). The third rank went to Christoph Bieler who jumped 130.5 metres (132.4 m).
Should the PCR have to be used in case of adverse weather conditions, this would mean 8 second of head start for Watabe on Denifl and 10 seconds on Bieler. 21 seconds after Watabe, German superstar Eric Frenzel will go out on the track who claimed a fourth rank in the Provisional Round. Teammate Tobias Haug followed on rank five, Thomas Kjelbotn, Evgeniy Klimov, Tino Edelmann and Akito Watabe completed the Top Ten.
As the PCR also acted as a qualification, 13 athletes did not qualify for the Individual Gundersen competition on Sunday. Among them were Samuel Guy, local hero Janis Morweiser, Matic Plaznik, Norwegians Truls Johansen, Ole Martin Storlien, Audun Hokholt and Oeystein Granbu Lien as well as Poland's Szczepan Kupcak and Mateusz Wantulok. German Philipp Blaurock was disqualified.