Rune Velta is World Champion

21 February 2015 18:25
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Rune Velta is the new World Champion on the normal hill. The Norwegian surprisingly took the title in Falun ahead of Severin Freund and Stefan Kraft.

Velta, who already did very well in the trial round, jumped on 95.5 m in both rounds and with 252.7 points he edged out Severin Freund by 0.4 points.

The World Champion said afterwards: "Before today I didn't think that this was possible. But after the trial jump I had a really good feeling and I managed to keep that for the competition. And now I'm World Champion. I'm really looking forward to the mixed team competition tomorrow. Many teams are strong, so I think it will be exciting."

Freund lost title with problems at the landing

The Ski Flying World Champion posted jumps on 95.5 m and 96 m and probably lost the title due to some problems at the landing in the first round. He said: "I'm very happy about the silver medal. My final jump today was one of the best jumps I have had in weeks and I'm happy that I made it on this important day."

4-Hills-Tournament winner jumped on 95 m twice and scored 248.3 points and told: "A dream came true with winning a medal here tonight. I risked a lot in the second jump and I made it. Tonight I'll celebrate with a glass of champagne, but it won't be long because tomorrow is another important day with the mixed team competition."

Roman Koudelka missed the bronze medal by 5.6 points. The Czech was fourth with two jumps on 93.5 m. 

Kasai misses final

While Taku Takeuchi was the best Japanese in fifth with two jumps on 93 m and 241.6 points, his teammate Noriaki Kasai surprisingly failed to make the cut for the final round. After his break due to injury, defending champion Anders Bardal was sixth with 238.2 points, Richard Freitag finished seventh with 233.7 points. Best Pole was Jan Ziobro in eighth with 228.6 points.

Norwegians and Germans dominate

World record holder Anders Fannemel (227.8 points) and Marinus Kraus (227.1 points) completed the good results of their teams with three athletes in the Top 10 in ninth and tenth. Andreas Wellinger closely missed the Top 10 and was eleventh. For Peter Prevc the 13th place, behind Daiki Ito, was a disappointment, Gregor Deschwanden was 14th and came in ahead of his teammate Simon Ammann, who finished 16th behind the strong Janne Ahonen. Poland's Klemens Muranka and Kamil Stoch shared the 17th place, but Muranka will probably be more satisfied with this result than his teammate.

Disappointing event for Austria

With the exception of Stefan Kraft, it was a disappointing day for the Austrians. Michael Hayboeck, Gregor Schlierenzauer and Thomas Diethart came in only 21st, 22nd and 27th. Mikhail Maksimochkin was the best Russian in 24th, with Ronan Lamy Chappuis (26th) and Vincent Descombes Sevoie (29th) both French athletes could qualify for the final round. Vladimir Zografski came in 30th for Bulgaria.

On Sunday the mixed team competition will be held in Falun at 5:00 pm CET.