Akito Watabe (JPN)
Mario Stecher (AUT)

AKITO WATABE CELEBRATES HIS THIRD WORLD CUP VICTORY

26.02.2012
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WITH THE WORLD
Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis and boots) stormed to his third World Cup win this year and in general. Mario Stecher (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) made a podium.
Watabe and Stecher on podium
Akito Watabe did a great race again and celebrated another victory by a clear margin. The Japanese started in sixth position into cross-country race by a 20 seconds margin and closed the gap against the leading group soon. After four kilometres he escaped from the others and skied a lonely race up to the end. Shortly before the finish he was 38 seconds in the lead but because he didn't have to push anymore Watabe was only less than 20 seconds ahead in the finish. Few soconds later Mario Stecher arrives in third position. Havard Klemetsen (NOR, Fischer) was able to cope with fifth place, his team mate Mikko Kokslien (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) finished ninth followed by Lukas Runggaldier (ITA, Fischer).
Gundersen, Liberec (CZE):
1. Akito Watabe
JPN 00.26.17,20
2. Jason Lamy Chappuis
FRA 00.26.35,40
3. Mario Stecher
AUT 00.26.44,30
4. Bryan Fletcher
USA 00.27.11,20
5. Haavard Klemetsen
NOR 00.27.14,40
6. Christoph Bieler
AUT 00.27.18,20
7. Tino Edelmann
GER 00.27.20,50
8. Bill Demong
USA 00.27.22,20
9. Mikko Kokslien
NOR 00.27.27,10
10. Lukas Runggaldier
ITA 00.27.27,50
11. Francois Braud
FRA 00.27.28,70
12. Taihei Kato
JPN 00.27.34,80
13. Jan Schmid
NOR 00.27.43,50
14. Johannes Rydzek
GER 00.27.47,10
15. Wilhelm Denifl
AUT 00.27.50,00