Lamparter in Ruka again in fourth place in the top field

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        At the end of the Nordic Combined triple at the World Cup in Ruka, the Austrian team just missed a podium on Sunday.  On Sunday, Johannes Lamparter took fourth place after a large hill jump and a 10 km cross-country race, 11.8 seconds behind the Norwegian winner Jens Lurass Oftebro.  The Germans Fabian Rießle (+1.9 seconds) and Manuel Faißt (+6.4) came second and third.  Jarl Magnus Riiber was not there.        </p><div>
        <p>The Norwegian was disqualified on Thursday in the provisional competition round.  This was included in the ranking because it was not possible to jump on Sunday due to the wind.  Lamparter went into the trail in third place behind Faisst and Oftebro and soon found himself in the top group with these two and Riessle.  In the finish sprint, however, the only 19-year-old was left behind, just like on Friday in second place in the finish sprint against Riiber.</p>            

“In the end it got very, very fast,” said Lamparter in an interview with ORF. “I made another stupid mistake on the descent. I meant that it was faster off the track and lost a few meters.” He is satisfied with his performance over the weekend. “You can see that there was no surprise on the first day, but that I was very consistent over the whole weekend. That is a confirmation for me and gives me confidence for the next competitions.”

Franz-Josef Rehrl finished sixth from position eleven (+1: 06.0). “I had a harder time than yesterday. Nevertheless, I am completely satisfied, I have achieved a lot on the hill. It feels good on the cross-country ski run,” said the Styrian. Immediately behind him, Thomas Jöbstl showed up in twelfth place (+1: 19.8). For Mario Seidl it was 20th place (+2: 06.3), for Martin Fritz 23rd (+2: 35.9). Philipp Orter ended the competition prematurely.

After finishing second and sixth in the first two competitions, Lamparter finished the Ruka Tour in third overall and can look forward to a total of 10,500 Swiss francs (around 9,700 euros) in prize money. Despite the disqualification for the Sunday competition, Jarl Magnus Riiber secured victory in the overall standings, while Jens Luraas Oftebro came second.

“The whole team did a very good job,” said ÖSV head coach Christoph Eugen. He was particularly satisfied with Lamparter: “It’s nice when the successes pour in like that. You can’t expect him to hit the ground running and consistently lead three times.” Rehrl had made a solid start. Seidl is almost the same again after his cruciate ligament tear on the hill. The ÖSV crew will now train for two days in Kuusamo, then in Rovaniemi on the normal hill before returning to Austria on Friday.

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