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Two Austrians ahead in the qualification


The Austrian team celebrated a double victory in the qualification for the FIS Grand Prix in front of their home crowd in Hinzenbach. Andreas Kofler won ahead of Michael Hayboeck, Severin Freund of Germany was third.

With 93.5 m Andreas Kofler showed the longest jump in the qualification round and took the first place with 127.2 points. His teammate Michael Hayboeck jumped on 91.5 m and came in second with 122.5 points.

Kofler and Hayboeck were not the only Austrians among the best on Saturday. In their first appearance this summer, Gregor Schlierenzauer (90.5 m) and Wolfgang Loitzl (91.5 m) were fourth and sixth. Schlierenzauer also posted the longest jump of the day with 97 m in the second training round. A total of eight of twelve local heroes of Austria made the cut for Sunday's competition.

In between the Austrians landed Germany's Severin Freund, who was third with 90.5 m (122.3 points) and Japanese Yuta Watase, who shared the fourth place with Schlierenzauer with his 91 m.

Besides Freund, also his two young teammates Karl Geiger (8th) and Marinus Kraus (11th) had no problems qualifying for Sunday's event. The same also applies for Finnish veteran Janne Ahonen, who returned with a seventh place after his competition break in the last few weeks. With this performances he was clearly the best of his team, but also Olli Muotka (21st) and Jarkko Maeaettae (35th) can take part in the competition.

The best Czech in the qualification, Roman Koudelka, landed on a shared ninth place with Italian Davide Bresadola. Behind Ilmir Hazetdinov of Russia (12th), Vincent Descombes Sevoie of France (13th) and Austrian Manuel Fettner (14th), the two best Poles, Dawid Kubacki and Klemens Muranka, were 15th and 16th.

Rune Velta was the best Norwegian as 18th. His teammate Kenneth Gangnes fell in his jump on 85.5 m. He was able to walk out of the outrun, but he was lumping and so he had to be checked in the First-Aid tent.

The qualification this afternoon was also successful for Canada's Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Heung-Chul Choi of Korea, Nick Fairall of the USA and Kazakh Marat Zhaparov. Among the 22 jumpers who failed to make the cut for the competition were Piotr Zyla, Vladimir Zografski and David Zauner.

The longest jumps of the already pre-qualified athletes were shown by Maciej Kot (92.5 m) and Jan Ziobro (89 m) of Poland.

FISskijumping.com, 28 September 2013

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