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Jakub Janda crowns his weekend

Czech Jakub Janda won the second individual competition at the FIS Summer Grand Prix in Nizhniy Tagil, Russia. With jumps on 127 m and 129 m he scored a total of 268.3 points and won ahead of Slovenia's Jernej Damjan (264.2 points). Anders Bardal of Norway, the winner of yesterday's competition, and Poland's Krzysztof Biegun, second in the GP overall ranking, shared the third place (259.9 points).

"I'm in a very good shape. I'm very satisfied, it was a really nice weekend for me with two podium results. I don't know if I'm back in my best shape. We will see that in winter. I do the same training as back in 2005 and 2006 and I feel very strong now. I don't know if I'll go to Almaty, I have to talk about that with my coach", said Janda, who has already announced that this will be his last World Cup season.

Jernej Damjan was also satisfied with how the weekend went for him after a seventh and a second place: "I didn't have a good feeling in the first three jumps on this hill but then in the competition I just flew and it was a really great feeling. In April I was not even in the Slovenian A-team, now I'm Top 10 in the Summer Grand Prix. I just think about my jumping and I don't want to have too high expectations for the winter. I have to work hard and that's it."

Krzysztof Biegun is now only 50 points behind Andreas Wellinger in the overall ranking and has a real chance to win the title: "Right now I'm in a very good shape. The last days were not so good for me, but today it went well and I'm very happy now. My jumps today were both good, although the second one was a bit worse. I jumped better than yesterday."

Anders Bardal was satisfied with his performances this weekend in Nizhniy Tagil: "It was a good weekend for me. I'm making good progress and I'm looking forward to continuing the work. We are now going to Almaty tomorrow and we'll have a training camp there before the competitions next weekend. For me personally, the Grand Prix is not that important because I stay at home more often. The winter is what counts and this is a good training."

Denis Kornilov as fifth and Dimitry Vassiliev as ninth achieved good results for the hosting team of Russia. Antonin Hajek (CZE) failed to qualify for the final round on Saturday, today he could score plenty of Grand Prix points as sixth, Reruhi Shimizu (JPN), confirmed his upward trend as seventh.

With Stefan Hula and Aleksander Zniszczol as eighth and tenth the Polish jumpers achieved yet another great team result. While Tom Hilde (NOR) came in only 11th and could not repeat his good performance from Saturday when he was on the podium, US American Nicholas Alexander was able to repeat his very good 14th place.

Martin Schmitt did a lot better on the large hill. He could not qualify for the final in the normal hill competition, this time he was the best German as 15th. His teammate Jan Maylaender presented himself in good shape in his first Grand Prix competitions and scored points again this time as 24th.

Davide Bresadola represented Italy in the final and came in 18th, Pascal Kaelin was the only Swiss in the second round as 28th.

The next two individual competitions will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan next weekend, before the Summer Grand Prix concludes in Hinzenbach (AUT) and Klingenthal (GER).

berkutschi.com, 15.09.2013

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