Severin Freund wins traditional Holmenkollen competition
Severin Freund won the World Cup competition on the legendary Holmenkollen in Oslo ahead of local hero Anders Bardal. World Cup leader Kamil Stoch was third and extended his overall lead.
"The conditions were not easy, but I saw in the result list that I won both rounds and if you win both rounds that says you were the best. The audience is here is always amazing, who can feel the history of this place. To win here is a pretty big thing", the German said after the competition.
Freund, who was already in the lead after the first round, jumped on 132 m and 130.5 m and with 265.4 points he came in clearly ahead of Bardal and took his fourth win this season. The Norwegian, who won on his home hill in Trondheim on Friday, scored 252.1 points with his jumps on 128 m and 127 m. "It was a nice day. Of course it's special to finish second on the Holmenkollen. Winning here is very special for a ski jumper, but Severin was very hard to beat already in the last World Cups. The atmosphere here is nice. There were a lot of Polish fans and they are making a lot of noise."
Stoch avoided a fall
Kamil Stoch could barely avoid a fall in the first round. He reached a total of 245.4 points with 132 m and 127 m. "I´m happy with my performance and the third place today. It was a hard competition on a really high level and I congratulate Severin and Anders on their performances today. I´m still trying not to think about the overall World Cup title, I focus on my jumps." 1.3 points behind the Pole, Noriaki Kasai was fourth for the fourth time this season with 125 m and 127 m. Best Austrian was Gregor Schlierenzauer in fifth, with 123.5 m and 125.5 m and 241.7 points. This means he still has to wait for his first win in 2014.
Career best for Nurmsalu
Only 0.3 points behind the Austrian, Estonia's Kaarel Nurmsalu came in on a career best sixth place. The bronze medalist of the Junior World Championships 2011 showed jumps on 129 m and 123 m. After his strong fourth place in Trondheim, Roman Koudelka could again show a very good performance and finished seventh with 240.1 points. Stefan Kraft was eighth, only 0.1 points behind the Czech. Jakub Janda came in on a very good ninth place with 238.6 points. Anssi Koivuranta achieved yet another Top 10 result in tenth.
Prevc loses ground
After he missed the final round in Trondheim, Peter Prevc did better in this competition, but in eleventh he still lost more ground in the fight for the overall World Cup title. Behind 4-Hills-Tournament winner Thomas Diethart, Tom Hilde, who won the qualification on Saturday, came in on a good 13th place. Simon Ammann and Manuel Fettner completed the Top 15. Andreas Stjernen and Rune Velta were 17th and 19th in their home event at the Holmenkollen. Reruhi Shimizu was the second-best Japanese in 18th.
Only Freund and Stoch with good performances
Apart from their top athletes Severin Freund and Kamil Stoch, the teams of Germany and Poland didn't have much to celebrate. With Markus Eisenbichler (29th) and Maciej Kot (20th) one only more jumper qualified for the final round for these two teams. This is probably not a good sign with a view towards the team competition at the ski flying World Championships in Harrachov next week. The young Slovenes Nejc Dezman and Tomaz Naglic were 23rd and 25th and fight against Jurij Tepes for a spot on the team. Like in Trondheim and Kuopio, Tepes could not qualify for the final round. Vincent Descombes-Sevoie was 28th and scored World Cup points for the first time since December.
Stoch almost there
Kamil Stoch almost reached his goal in the overall World Cup with 1320 points. He now has a lead of 168 points over Peter Prevc and so a seventh place in one of the two remaining competitions in Planica would be enough for the double Olympic Champion to win the title. Severin Freund, 197 points behind Stoch now, only has a mathematical chance even if he wins twice in Planica.