Richard Freitag takes home win in Klingenthal
The FIS Grand Prix 2014 ended with the ninth individual competition of the summer in the Vogtland-Arena in Klingenthal, Germany. The final win of the season went to local hero Richard Freitag.
In front of his home crowd the 23-year-old showed jumps on 131 m and 133 m and took his second win in the Grand Prix with a total of 256.4 points. "It's my home hill, but until today I was never able to show my best jumps here. Sunshine, this audience and then the win, it can't get any better than this", Richard Freitag said after the competition.
Roman Koudelka proved on Saturday that he is in an outstanding shape at the end of the summer season. After he won in Hinzenbach, the Czech finished second in Klingenthal with 130.5 m and 134 m (253.1 points). "This is a very good result for me and I'm happy about it. If I continue to work like this, I can also jump that well in winter."
The third place in the GP final went to Norwegian Rune Velta, who posted jumps on 127 m and 137 m that earned him 252.9 points. In a very close competition on this large facility, the overall winner of the Grand Prix, Jernej Damjan, came in fourth, followed by the second Norwegian among the best today, Anders Bardal.
Strong performance of the Czech
Jakub Janda and Piotr Zyla, the only Polish athlete in the second round, could not defend their good positions of first and second after the first round in the final. Zyla came in sixth, Janda was ninth and behind Koudelka and Jan Matura (6th) the third-best of a strong Czech team in Klingenthal. Gregor Schlierenzauer, who moved up from 25th to eighth with the longest jump of the day on 141.5 m in the final round, was the best of the Austrians. Taku Takeuchi was the best of the Japanese team and could also achieve a Top 10 finish in this competition.
Lauri Asikainen was the only representative of Finland in the second round and although he lost some ranks in the final, he still achieved a very good result in 12th. In absence of their team leader Simon Ammann, the young Swiss jumpers showed a good performance. Gregor Deschwanden was 13th and Kilian Peier achieved the by far best result of his career in 17th. It was also a successful day for the two Italians Sebastian Colloredo (25th) and Davide Bresadola (27th) and US American Nick Fairall (29th), who could also score GP points.
Bad luck for Stoch and Prevc
Under sometimes changing wind conditions jumpers like Kamil Stoch (36th), Peter Prevc (38th), Robert Kranjec (39th), Stefan Kraft (39th) and Andreas Stjernen (42nd) failed to make the cut for the second round of the Top 30 in this summer's final competition.
Poland's Jakub Wolny, who fell in the qualification after a great jump on 138 m, was not able to take part in this competition. According to first reports the Junior World Champion probably suffered an injury of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, an exact diagnosis shall be made after an MRI exam on Monday.
Jernej Damjan wins GP 2014
Slovenia's Jernej Damjan already secured the overall title of this series in the competition in Hinzenbach (AUT) last weekend. The 31-year-old of Ljubljana won the FIS Grand Prix 2014 with a total of 441 points ahead of Phillip Sjoeen of Norway (382 points) and Taku Takeuchi (316 points). "Everyone says, that the summer is not as important as the winter, but for me it is. I'm very happy, that I could win the Grand Prix. Last year I was not able to keep the good shape of the summer also in winter. Now I will focus on the preparation for the season and I hope that it can do better this time", told the Slovene.