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Double victory for Slovenia in Almaty

Photo: FISskijumping.com

Matjaz Pungertar and Jernej Damjan took a double win for Slovenia at the FIS Grand Prix in Almaty. The third place was captured by Japanese Reruhi Shimizu, for whom this was the third podium result of his career.

The competition had to be postponed for a couple of hours due to the strong wind, but at the end the patience of jury and athletes paid off.

Pungertar (133 m and 136 m) and Damjan (131 m and 136 m) showed four strong jumps, the Youngster earned his 1.7 points with the better judges' marks. Pungertar won with a total of 272.2 points. Shimizu reached a total of 268.8 points with his jumps on 132.5 m and 133 m.

Matjaz Pungertar, who had a streak with a bit weaker performances since his third place in the Grand Prix opener in Hinterzarten, was happy about his first ever Grand Prix win: "The competition lasted a long time and it was hard for us to stay concentrated. In the end the result was perfect for me, I'm totally happy. It seems that Almaty is a really good place for the Slovenian team, last year they also did very well here."

With today's result, Jernej Damjan took the lead in the overall ranking of the FIS Grand Prix with 419 points: "It was a long day, but now I'm happy about my second place. I was thinking about taking the yellow leader's bib all the time before today's competition. Now it's great that I'm the leader in the Grand Prix."

Reruhi Shimizu also has a chance to finish on the podium of the overall ranking with good performances in the remaining competitions in Hinzenbach and Klingenthal: "It took a really long time today and it was very difficult to stay concentrated but fortunately I was able to jump well. I'm absolutely satisfied with the third place today."

Maximlian Mechler was disappointed when he left the hill this afternoon. With a strong jump on 133 m the German was in the lead after the first round. 122.5 m in the final were clearly not good enough and he came in only 15th. Anders Bardal, the winner of Saturday's competition, finished fourth, 0.5 points behind Shimizu. With 131 m and 132 m the winner of two Grand Prix competitions this summer was one place better than the best Czech Cestmir Kozisek (129 m / 128.5 m; 261.5 points).

Olli Muotka achieved a good result for Finland again as sixth, Anssi Koivuranta can also be satisfied with his 13th place. Yuta Watase achieved his by far best result of the summer as seventh. The Russian team improved their performance, Ilmir Hazetdinov and Dimitry Vassiliev came in 11th and 12th.

Mechler was followed by his teammate Martin Schmitt, who was 16th. The Swiss team was represented by three athletes in the final round, even without Simon Ammann: Pascal Kaelin, Gregor Deschwanden and Marco Grigoli were 20th, 22nd and 27th. The Kazakh jumpers could also not qualify for the final round in the second competition on their home turf.

The FIS Grand Prix concludes with two individual competitions in Hinzenbach and Klingenthal. Even Tom Hilde, currently ninth in the Grand Prix ranking, still has a mathematical chance to win the overall title.

FISskijumping.com, 22.09.2013

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