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Estonians surprise at first Norges Cup in Oslo

It was a successful weekend for brothers Kail and Han Hendrik Piho from Estonia who joined the Norwegian Nordic Combined athletes at their first Norges Cup weekend in Oslo - and claimed the two victories!

After no jumping was possible on Saturday due to too much wind, 22 contestants started in the traditional Sognsvanntest, a running race from Sognsvann up to Frognerseteren in Oslo. The win in the race went to Kail Piho who needed 26:50 for the distance and just managed to beat Norwegian Lars Halvdan Buraas who finished only one second later. The third rank went to Ole Martin Storlien who finished 13 seconds after Piho. National team member Mikko Kokslien finished fourth, 42 seconds after the winner.

After half of the competitors had started in the jumping competition on Midstubakken, the round had to be cancelled because of the wind conditions again. All participants then started in a 10 kilometre roller ski race at Holmenkollen in which Han Hendrik Piho was successful. With a time of 20:24, he was 37 seconds faster than Olympic gold medallist Joergen Graabak who claimed the second place. The third rank went to Kail Piho who finished 48 seconds after his younger brother. National team members Jan Schmid and Mikko Kokslien ranked fourth and fifth out of the 22 competitors, finishing 55 seconds and one minute and two seconds after Piho.

FIS-ski.com 29 June 2014

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