Youth Cup: Double Czech and double Austrian victory
Day 1 of the FIS Youth Cup for boys and girls in Harrachov, Czech Republic saw exciting competitions in four different categories that resulted in two wins for the home team of the Czech Republic in the boys’ categories and a double victory for the Austrian Ski Federation in the girls’ categories.
The four athletes of the day were Lisa Eder and Timna Moser as well as Petr Sablatura and Jan Vytrval.
The jumping event took place this morning on Harrachov’s K 70 hill and saw Petr Sablatura in the lead already at half-time after a jump of 73 metres (117.4 points). The intermediate second position went to Austria’s Manuel Einkemmer with 68.5 metres and 110.9 points, a position that he held onto until the finish. He finally ended his race 20 seconds behind Sablatura. Poland’s Mateusz Malyjurek and Austria’s Florian Fuschlberger had impressive 68 metres to show for them on the jumping hill and shared the third position but were no match for Finland’s Otto Niittykoski who skied the fastest time of the 5 kilometre race with 12:11.0 and improved from an intermediate sixth position to third, finishing 26 seconds behind Sablatura, beating out teammate Perttu Reponen in a finish line sprint.
With Lisa Eder and Timna Moser, two already well-known faces of Ladies Nordic Combined took the wins in their respective categories again. While Moser was the sole leader with over one minute of head start after a 60.5 metre-jump and ended the race three minutes and seven seconds before second-placed Alexandra Seifert from Germany, her younger teammate Lisa Eder also ruled the second category, winning the jumping event and finishing one minute and eight seconds ahead of Germany’s Jenny Nowak. The third place in the Youth I category went to Estonia’s Annemarii Bendi (+01:30) and in Youth II, Mari Leinan Lund from Norway conquered the third place (+03:55).
The older boys had to cover a distance of 7.5 kilometres in the race and the athlete that did this best after a 68.5 metre-jump was local hero Jan Vytrval. Vytrval overtook intermediate leader Jakub Chowaniec from Poland on the track and skied an undisputed win into the finish, 31 seconds ahead of teammate David Zemek who improved from rank four after jumping, beating out Chowaniec and Finland’s Henri Kavilo on the track. The third position went to Poland’s Pawel Twardosz who ranked seventh after the jumping event and finally finished 35 seconds after Zemek.