Status: 05.03.2021 6:55 p.m.
Ski jumper Karl Geiger won his third medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships. The Oberstdorf bronze won the large hill. The Austrian Stefan Kraft was happy about the gold.
Silver on the normal hill, gold in the mixed team competition and now bronze on the large hill – Karl Geiger from Oberstdorf completed the set of medals at his home World Championships! The ski flying world champion proved his class and nerve strength in difficult external conditions and again grabbed precious metal. After the first round, still in sixth place, he left three competitors behind in the final.
Karl Geiger takes bronze from the large hill
March 5, 2021 9:21 pm
“At the World Championships everything was there, but so far I’ve always left the hill with a grin. And that I succeeded again today – especially because the first jump was not so good, the second was even more so better – that’s really unbelievable! “, said Karl Geiger at the sports show microphone.
Only the Austrian Stefan Kraft and Robert Johansson from Norway were even stronger. Kraft, who has had a turbulent season with many ups and downs, was able to secure the gold medal with jumps on 132.5 and 134.0 meters. Only 4.4 points behind Johansson came silver.
Stefan Kraft sails to gold on the large hill
March 5, 2021 6:57 pm
Snowfall and fog make life difficult for jumpers
Heavy snowfall and fog meant difficult conditions for the 50 jumpers. Firstly, they couldn’t see far and, secondly, they had to land in deep, sticky fresh snow, which led to some problems with the stability in the run for one or the other. Whoever of the ten to twelve jumpers from the extended circle of favorites would cope best with these conditions would have the best chance of winning the world championship.
Top jumpers fail – also Eisenbichler among the defeated
Some top jumpers stumbled early: Kamil Stoch (Poland), 2013 World Champion, Ryoyo Kobayashi (Japan) and the second in qualification, Johann Andre Forfang (Norway), left the title race after the first round. This also applied to defending champion Markus Eisenbichler, who had to cross the bakken as the last jumper after the failure of Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud (positive corona test).
Eisenbichler: “Can’t fault me today”
March 5, 2021 7:26 pm
Only 122.5 meters initially meant 16th place for the mixed team world champion. “The conditions were difficult”, said national trainer Stefan Horngacher, there were also a few minor mistakes during the jump and in the first flight phase as well as little wind support in the lower area of the hill.
Geiger and Paschke initially in wait position
Image: ddp images / Sven Simon
In return, Geiger (132.0 m) and Pius Paschke (129.5 m) were sixth and seventh, two DSV jumpers within reach of the medals. The two were only four and six points behind the Austrian Daniel Huber (133.5 m), who was in third place. It led his compatriot Kraft, the winner of the qualification, with 132.5 m ahead of the Norwegian Johansson (129.5 m).
Final round: Eisenbichler risks and falls
And it was exciting: Eisenbichler, as we know him, risked everything again to move up from 16th place. His second jump then went significantly further to 134.0 m.
But the mixed world champion fell forward into the deep snow after landing: bad grades, no chance of improvement – a used day for the “Eisei”, who was 17th at the end. “I can’t really blame myself, but then it puts me on the waffle. But I have to take a risk,” said Eisenbichler, who is now aiming for gold with the team.
Markus Eisenbichler falls after a 134-meter jump
March 5, 2021 6:48 pm
The first attack on the top came from the Slovenian Anze Lanisek, who showed the best distance of the day with 136.5 m. After the first round he was eleventh, he improved to fifth place and also conceded Paschke, who even fell behind Eisenbichler after 114.5 m. Karl Geiger was the first to stay ahead of Lanizek with another 132.0 m.
The following jumpers showed nerves. After Daniel Huber jumped, it was clear that Geiger had his third medal in these championships. But it was no longer enough to intercept Kraft and Johansson.
Severin Freund completes the team quartet
For the other two German jumpers Severin Freund and Martin Hamann it was a direct duel for a place in the team for the decision on Saturday. The veteran decided this just for himself with 122.5 and 118.5 m. Freund finished 22nd, Hamann finished 24th after 121.5 and 123.0 m.