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First World Cup win for Jaka Hvala

Slovenia's Jaka Hvala took his first win in the World Cup in Klingenthal today. Hvala, newly crowned Junior World Champion, was already in the lead after the first round with his 142.5 m jump. And this time Hvala could defend this position and captured his first win with 133 m in the final. The 19-year-old scored a total of 259.5 points.

"It was a very special day for me. After the trial round I was really angry because my jump was bad. But my jumps in the competition were great." The Slovenian team is the "Team of the Hour", after their win in the team competition in Willingen it was already the second win for the athletes of head coach Goran Janus during the Team Tour, and so they have a good chance to win the FIS Team Tour for the first time.

"We are not thinking about the prize money of the Team Tour yet, we are focusing on the remaining competitions in Oberstdorf. The Championships in Val di Fiemme will be my first, so it's not about the results for me. I want to compete there, have fun and show good jumps. That's my goal. We have a good team spirit, we get along well and that's what makes us strong. But we are definitely not unbeatable", Hvala said about the upcoming days.

Taku Takeuchi of Japan came in second. After the winter wasn't so good for the jumpers of Nippon so far, this was a nice and important success for the Japanese. With his jumps on 133.5 m and 130.5 m and 254.6 points Taku Takeuchi achieved the best result of his career today. "I'm very happy, my jumps were really good today. Competitions in Austria and Germany are always special for us, we Japanese enjoy jumping here. I already knew before the first jump that the conditions will be difficult and I have to stay extemely focused in order to be successful. I was able to do that today", said Takeuchi.

Under difficult conditions in Klingenthal, Gregor Schlierenzauer once again showed his great skills. With 253.1 points for his jumps on 136 m and 132 m, he came in third. "It's yet another nice day for me. I'm satisfied and it's always special to stand on the podium. It was very difficult today with the changing conditions, but I had the necessary luck. Klingenthal is a nice facility and I always enjoy coming here. My jumps were not perfect, I still have room for improvement for the World Championships. We still have some time until the WSC and we'll see how will have something to celebrate there. We all know that Slovenia, Norway and Germany are really strong."

With 137.5 m and 126.5 m Simon Ammann finished fourth today. The Swiss was happy after his jumps and ready for the World Championships in Italy. As always at such major events, nothing will be impossible for the Swiss.

Bad day for German team

Today's home competition didn't go well for the team of head coach Werner Schuster: "That's not what we expected. It didn't go as we wished and it was disappointing. But still we are optimistic because what we showed today is not what we are capable of showing. I'm sure we will see a different performance of the team in Oberstdorf, and especially at the World Championships in Italy", Werner Schuster said about the day in Klingenthal. Michael Neumayer was the best German as 12th. Severin Freund was 17th, Andreas Wellinger 28th. Richard Freitag (32nd), Andreas Wank (38th), Karl Geiger (42nd) and Martin Schmitt (49th) failed to make the cut for the final round. With this result Martin Schmitt now lost his chances to earn a spot on the team for the WSC.

The Polish team of head coach Lukasz Kruczek showed a strong performance in the Vogtland-Arena. With jumps on 135 m and 128.5 m, Piotr Zyla landed on a career best fifth place. Also his teammate Krzysztof Mietus was never better than his 11th place today. Maciej Kot came in 13th. It was not a good day for Kamil Stoch. He finished ninth, but was later disqualified because his suit was not compliant to the rules.

It was not a really good day for the Austrian team. Martin Koch, who was jumping strong in training and qualification on Tuesday, jumped on 121 m and was only 36th with 100.3 points. Andreas Kofler Andreas Kofler (109 m; 75.6 points) and Michael Hayboeck (108.5 m; 72.2 points) finished only 48th and 50th.

Also Alexander Stoeckl will not have very positive memories of the competition in Klingenthal, except for Anders Jacobsen's fifth place. Three Norwegians could not qualify for the second round: Tom Hilde (122.5 m; 101.2 points), Anders Fannemel (118 m; 94.6 points) and Kim Rene Elverum Sorsell (120.5 m; 92 points). Anders Bardal, second in the overall World Cup, was 21st, Andreas Stjernen 29th.

No points for Nurmsalu

One of the best on Tuesday, Kaarel Nurmsalu, missed to score his first World Cup points by only four places. But the Estonian showed a good performance with 122 m and 102.5 points.

Schlierenzauer clearly in the lead

Gregor Schlierenzauer is still on his way to his second overall World Cup title. The Austrian leads with a total of 1260 points, followed by two Norwegians - Anders Bardal (766 points) and Anders Jacobsen (687 points). Severin Freund in now fourth with 669 points, close ahead of Poland's Kamil Stoch.

Berkutschi.com, 13.02.2013

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