Ski jumping – Nordic World Championships: Top favorite Kramer only fourth on the large hill


Marita Kramer from Salzburg also narrowly missed the medal ranks in fourth in the first women’s large hill ski jumping event in World Cup history. The 19-year-old top favorite had to be content with “sheet metal” on Wednesday in Oberstdorf in the newly included competition after third place at half time. Gold went to the Norwegian Maren Lundby, who clearly prevailed ahead of Sara Takanashi from Japan and the Slovenian Nika Kriznar. Kramer was more than five points short of third.

After a clear lead at halftime and a controversial shortening of the run-up, she went empty-handed with fourth place on the small hill. This was followed by gold in the women’s team competition together with Iraschko-Stolz, Chiara Hölzl and Sophie Sorschag and bronze in the mixed competition.

After the competition on the big Bakken, however, the tears flowed. “Fourth place is pretty tough, but it goes on. I left a lot behind again today – too little nerves,” said Kramer in an ORF interview and stated that after the new low blow, he was empty. At that moment, the team medals for the World Cup debutante were just a small consolation. “We won medals, you shouldn’t neglect that. We’re really happy with the gold.”


Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who finished ninth behind Chiara Hölzl, suffered with Kramer. “She deserved it so much, but some people just have to fight harder than others. What a shame, she jumped really strong here, and so close again today. As a clear favorite it was certainly not an easy situation,” said the 2011 normal hill world champion. Hölzl, on the other hand, was happy about their increase in the course of the World Cup. “I haven’t forgotten it, I improved towards the end. From not setting up to eighth place, that was really cool.” Sophie Sorschag was 17.

Olympic champion Lundby won her second individual World Championship gold after the one in Seefeld in 2019. “That means a lot to me. I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I’m just happy,” said the Norwegian who was second on the normal hill has not yet reached a podium in the 2020/21 World Cup. With the eighth world championship medal she drew level with record holder Iraschko-Stolz, with two golds and three silver and bronze each, she has exactly the same distribution as the ÖSV athlete.

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Ski jumping Nordic World Championships Top favorite Kramer fourth large hill


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