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First win this season for Severin Freund


Anders Fannemel, Severin Freund, Stefan Kraft - FIS

Severin Freund won the second individual competition in Nizhny Tagil (RUS). Under changing wind conditions the German posted a jump on 131.5 m and took his first win this season.

This year I waited a bit longer with my first win, Freund said on German TV after his tenth win the in the World Cup and added: The trend is definitely positive. I wanted to make a second jump, it would have been fun. I'm sure that the other jumpers would have also wanted a second jump, especially with such conditions it's better two have two rounds. But I think I deserved the win with my jump. We would like to come back to Nizhny Tagil. Especially on the first day the conditions were good and it was fun.

Cancelation shortly before the end

The jury surprisingly canceled the final round with only ten jumpers left and so the result of the first round counted. Assistant Race Director Miran Tepes explained this decision: Towards the end of the second round the wind gusts got stronger and more unpredictable. We decided not to risk the health of the jumpers. If the wind conditions are changing it's more fair to have two rounds, because the influence of luck is usually equalized by the second round, but if the conditions are dangerous for the athletes its better not to risk too much.

With 145.7 points Freund came in ahead of Anders Fannemel, the winner of yesterday's competition, and Stefan Kraft. Anders Fannemel jumped on 135 m and scored 143.3 points.

Kraft and Fannemel surprised by the cancelation

The Norwegian told: I was a bit surprised that the final round was canceled. Usually the second round helps to equalize the influence of the conditions, but maybe the wind was too dangerous. Its really important for ski jumping when there are many supporters at the hill and we are doing our best to entertain them.

With a longer inrun Stefan Kraft set a new hill record with 138 m, a jump that earned him 141.1 points. I was surprised that the second round was canceled. I saw that Andy Kofler had problems in the air and therefore I think the jury made the right decision. It was just a bit strange that there was no short break or fore jumpers before the cancelation. I was really amazed by how many people attended the events. They cheered for all of us, when somebody had a long jump you could hear it even at the top of the hill. It was great here. Yesterday it was very crazy, because I had to borrow the equipment from fore jumper. It seems I can jump especially well under difficult conditions, the Austrian said.

Gregor Schlierenzauer was fourth with 135 m and missed the podium by the tiny margin of only 0.2 points. Michael Hayboeck followed in fifth and was the third Austrian in the Top 5. Hayboeck scored 139.8 points with his jump on 131 m.

Career-best for Pungertar

12 points behind, Matjaz Pungertar of Slovenia came in on a career-best sixth place. The two Norwegians Rune Velta (125.7 points) and Daniel-Andre Tande (124.7 points) followed in seventh and eighth. Only 0.1 point behind Peter Prevc, Marinus Kraus was tenth with 123.2 points.

Andreas Kofler benefited from the cancelation. He could avoid a fall under difficult conditions and would have lost many places in the second round. Now he finished eleventh, ahead of Finland's Jarkko Maeaettae. Michael Neumayer achieved his best result this season in 13th, the 14th place for Vladislav Boyarintsev was even a career-best result.

Good result for Vassiliev

Dimitry Vassiliev came in on a good 16th place, right behind Ville Larinto. In absence of Roman Koudelka, Jan Matura was the best Czech in 17th, Shohei Tochimoto was the best of the Japanese team in 22nd. Mikhail Maksimochkin was 30th and could at least score World Cup point.

With his win Severin Freund moved up to second, behind Anders Fannemel, in the overall World Cup ranking. Peter Prevc is third.

The next two individual competitions will take place in Engelberg (SUI) next weekend. This will be the final test before the 4-Hills-Tournament.

FIS-ski.com, 14 December 2014

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