Strong catch-up: DSV team jumps 17 centimeters past victory

Strong catch-up
DSV team jumps 17 centimeters past victory

The German ski jumpers are on the podium for the eleventh World Cup in a row. And in the first team competition of the season, not much is missing for the top podium. In the end, however, the Austrians decide the competition for themselves with a 0.3 point lead.

Karl Geiger peeked a little incredulously at the scoreboard, Markus Eisenbichler blew hard: In the first team competition of the Olympic season, the German ski jumping stars not only avoided the threat that was still threatening at halftime – after a very strong chase in Wisla, Poland, it was almost impossible Victory is enough. The tinyness of just under 17 centimeters was missing after about a kilometer in the air to triumph.

“Today is a difficult day. Everyone has to do two good jumps first,” said World Cup leader Geiger optimistically after the first round in very treacherous wind conditions on ARD – and he was right. The 31 point deficit on the Austrians in the lead after the first round turned into 0.3. “We still solved that pretty well, second place is impressive,” said Geiger after the competition.

The team around world champion Stefan Kraft, which seemed unreachable at halftime, won with 843.0 points ahead of the DSV-Adlers (842.7). On the Malinka hill, the team of national coach Stefan Horngacher, who had successfully defended his world championship title in Oberstdorf in March, showed the famous nerve strength – in contrast to the competition: Slovenia only came third (834.4), which was before the last round of jumping was still in the lead.

Mortgage of the botched start too heavy in the end

In the last two final rounds, the strong final jumps by Geiger (Oberstdorf) with 125.0 m and the six-time world champion Eisenbichler (Siegsdorf) with 130.0 m were almost enough to win. But in the end the mortgage of Eisenbichler’s unsuccessful first attempt (107.0 m) was an idea too big.

Nevertheless, a very strong German season so far continued, which began in mid-November with Geiger’s victory in Nizhny Tagil. The German eagles were also represented on the podium in the fifth competition of the winter, and the series has already held eleven World Cup competitions across all seasons.

Seasoned Pius Paschke (Kiefersfelden), already strong on Friday in the qualification for the individual jumping on Sunday (4 p.m. / ARD and Eurosport), convinced with two squeaky clean jumps on 121.5 and 122.5 m. Stephan Leyhe (Willingen / 118 , 0 + 120.5) showed a good performance in the first team competition after his cruciate ligament rupture.

Before the Winter Games in Beijing (February 4th to 20th) there are still team competitions in Bischofshofen (January 9th) and Zakopane (January 15th).

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