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Japan with the best mixed team


For many the Japanese team was the favorite for the mixed team competition and they lived up to their role. Japan won on Saturday in Hinterzarten ahead of Slovenia and Germany.

The Japanese already had a clear lead after the first round. In the final the others were able to close the gap, but Yuki Ito, Noriaki Kasai, Sara Takanashi and Yuta Watase defended their position and took the win with a total of 907.6 points. Once again Noriaki Kasai showed a great performance, also the high temperatures couldn't change that. "I really enjoyed the heat here", told the 41-year-old.

An exciting fight for the other spots on the podium developed behind the strong team of Japan. At the end Slovenia, represented by Maja Vtic, Nejc Dezman, Katja Pozun and Matjaz Pungertar, captured the second place with the best performance in the second round and 883.6 points. Matjaz Pungertar was the best Slovene, but he still sees room for improvement. "My jumps were not perfect, they were okay. But I'm satisfied. Mixed competitions are very interesting and something different."

Close race for the podium

The third place went to the hosting team of Germany. Ulrike Graessler, Andreas Wank, who fell in the second round but didn't suffer any injuries, Svenja Wuerth and Richard Freitag reached a total of 873.3 points and repeated the third place Germany achieved in Hinterzarten last year. The outstanding jumper of the team was Richard Freitag, who scored 252.8 points and would have won an individual ranking on Saturday ahead of Matjaz Pungertar and Noriaki Kasai. Svenja Wuerth was satisfied after her first appearance in a team competition. "I'm happy now, this was a premiere for me. Team events are always nice, also for the spectators. I think mixed competitions are the future of ski jumping."

The Canadians closely missed the podium on this hot and sometimes windy afternoon. In the course of the competition Atsuko Tanaka, Dusty Korek, Alexandra Pretorius and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes had a good chance to finish among the Top 3, but at the end 868.7 points were not enough. 17-year-old Alexandra Pretorius, who won the individual competition on the day before, was also the best female athlete on Saturday with her 242.2 points.

Clearly behind the best four teams, the fifth place went to the team of France (Julia Clair, Ronan Lamy Chappuis, Lea Lemare, Vincent Descombes Sevoie), followed by the Italians (Roberta D'Agostina, Davide Bresadola, Elena Runggaldier, Sebastian Colloredo) as sixth.

Last year the Austrians won the mixed team competition in Hinterzarten, this time Chiara Hoelzl, Stefan Kraft, Jacqueline Seifriedsberger and Manuel Fettner came in only seventh. The four Swiss Sabrina Windmueller, Gregor Deschwanden, Bigna Windmueller and Simon Ammann finished eighth.

A total of ten teams competed in this event, meaning that two could not qualify for the final round. The Czech (Michaela Dolezelova, Lukas Hlava, Vladena Pustkova, Roman Koudelka) as ninth and the team of Russia (Anastasiya Gladysheva, Ilmir Hazetdinov, Irina Avvakumova, Denis Kornilov) failed to make the cut.

Berkutschi.com, July 27th, 2013

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