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Andreas Wellinger wins 2013 FIS Grand-Prix

Andreas Wellinger showed two great jumps under windy conditions in the Vogtland-Arena and was already in the lead after the first round with 135.5 m. 133 m in the final earned him 261.9 points and a lead of 4.4 points to Kofler. The Austrian, who started early with bib 14, was in the lead for almost an hour in the first round with 133 m and showed some consistency with a 133.5 m jump in the final.

Ahonen came from behind in the second round. With 127 m he was only 14th after the first round, with 130.5 m the 36-year-old than moved to third with 245.0 points. Severin Freund of Germany posted the longest jump of the day in with 136 m in the final round and came in only 0.4 points behind Ahonen.

Slovenia's Jernej Damjan, who came to Klingenthal as the overall leader, had no chance to qualify for the final round with only 101 m and could so only watch Wellinger taking the overall title.

The new summer-champion Andreas Wellinger was satisfied with his performance at the end of a windy day: "Winning here is extremely nice, but it's especially important for me that I was able to show two really good jumps. The winter is most important for the whole team, we have a good team spirit. I think that Jernej Damjan had some back luck with the conditions today, for me everything went well. Being on the podium in all competitions I took part in this summer is sensational. I don't feel any pressure, if I'll be successful it's great, if not, I still have a lot of time."

Also Andreas Kofler was obviously relieved after his first podium result since December. It was the first time among the Top 3 in a Grand Prix for him since 2008: "I'm happy that I can attend a press conference again. My performance was very good today, it was a step forward, especially compared to yesterday's training. The current development is very positive and now I'm looking forward to the next competitions, they will then be in the World Cup. You could tell here, that we are all close together. Everyone in the Austrian team is very motivated."

Janne Ahonen seemed to be a bit surprised by his performance: "I'm satisfied with my first podium result after my comeback, it happened earlier than I expected. I still have a lot of work to do, but this gives me a lot of self confidence. The last two or three years were very difficult for our team and I would be happy if I ccould help the team with this success. The other jumpers from Finland are getting better and better and so we will see a strong Finnish team again sooner or later."

Jan Matura came in fifth for the Czech team and missed the podium by only 2.9 points. This was his second-best result this summer after a fourth place at the Grand Prix opener in Hinterzarten. The Polish team had to deal with a last place of World Champion Kamil Stoch due to bad luck with the conditions. Dawid Kubacki, Maciej Kot, Stefan Hula and Klemens Muranka came in sixth, seventh, ninth and 11th and confirmed the strong performances of the past couple of months. Yuta Watase of Japan followed up to his seventh place in Nizhniy Tagil with an eighth place here, while Peter Prevc was the best Slovene as tenth.

Gregor Schlierenzauer still has some room for improvement. The record World Cup winner of Austria was 12th in his first competition this season and came in ahead of local hero Richard Freitag, who was 14th. Vincent Descombes Sevoie ended the summer season as 17th, followed by the best Russian Dimitry Vassiliev and Estonian Kaarel Nurmsalu.

The final test for the upcoming World Cup season was disappointing for Norway. Rune Velta was the best of the team as 21st. Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN), third in the qualification, came in 23rd, close ahead of Davide Bresadola (ITA).

In the Grand Prix overall ranking Andreas Wellinger was the best with a total of 440 points, 21 points ahead of Jernej Damjan and 117 points ahead of third-placed Anders Bardal (NOR). Matjaz Pungertar was fourth, mainly thanks to a strong start of the season, Krzysztof Biegun was the best Pole as fifth. The German team clearly won the Nation's Cup ahead of Poland and Slovenia.

FIS-ski.com, 13 October 2013

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