Akito Watabe (JPN)
Akito Watabe (JPN), Mikko Kokslien (NOR), Bernhard Gruber (AUT)
Akito Watabe (JPN)
Bernhard Gruber (AUT)
Mikko Kokslien (NOR), Akito Watabe (JPN), Bernhard Gruber (AUT) (l-r)


Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated his fourth World Cup victory this winter. Before the last competition the Japanese is very close to the Overall lead.
Winning start for the Japanese
As supposed Akito Watabe claimed a winning start in today's competition. After he was 20 seconds ahead after one jump from Midstubakken normal hill noone could catch him. After nine kilometres the Fischer-athlete was round about 30 seconds in the lead and he slowed down to celebrate his victory early. Mikko Kokslien (NOR, Fischer) and Bernhard Gruber (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) shortened the gap more and more down to eight seconds behind the winner. Fourth to sixth went to Fischer-athletes, too: Jörgen Graabak (NOR, Fischer), Björn Kircheisen (GER, Fischer skis and boots) and Eric Frenzel (GER, Fischer). Miroslav Dvorak (CZE, Fischer) finished tenth.

Watabe only 72 points back
One competition before season's end Akito Watabe is only 72 points behind Jason Lamy Chappuis in the Overall ranking. The Frenchman stated that he was very powerless with tired legs today and if he has the same problems tomorrow everything is possible for the Japanese. Tomorrow a originally Gundersen competition with two jumps and 15 kilometres cross-country is scheduled.
Gundersen, Oslo (NOR):
1. Akito Watabe
JPN 00.26.21,40
2. Mikko Kokslien
NOR 00.26.29,30
3. Bernhard Gruber
AUT 00.26.31,00
4. Jörgen Graabak
NOR 00.26.54,10
5. Björn Kircheisen
GER 00.27.03,90
6. Eric Frenzel
GER 00.27.08,80
7. Tino Edelmann
GER 00.27.14,50
8. Gudmund Storlien
NOR 00.27.19,80
9. Christoph Bieler
AUT 00.27.20,70
10. Miroslav Dvorak
CZE 00.27.21,70
11. Magnus Moan
NOR 00.27.23,70
12. Mario Stecher
AUT 00.27.27,30
13. Haavard Klemetsen
NOR 00.27.34,90
14. Bryan Fletcher
USA 00.27.45,50
15. Magnus Krog
NOR 00.27.54,30