Anders Bardal (NOR), Severin Freund (GER), Peter Prevc (SLO) (l-r)
Severin Freund (GER) & Team
SEVERIN FREUND IS THE NEW SKIFLYING WORLD CHAMPION
Severin Freund (GER, Fischer) celebrates skiflying World Championship title after just two of four rounds. The German dominated the first two jumps, today the follow-up of competition at Certová hora (devils hill) in Harrachov (CZE) wasn't possible due to strong gusts of wind. Silver went to Anders Bardal (NOR, Fischer).
Surprised by congratulations
Severin Freund had not expected winning that way: Listining to music he was still preparing for today's jumps which ought to start within 15 minutes after several hours of postponement. Only after the third congratulations the German realized that today's flights had been officially cancelled: "I believed devoutly that we are going to jump today because the conditions became better and better. I really, really wanted to compete today but yesterday I obviously was the best one and thus I secured victory now", Severin Freund smiled all over his face. The 25-year-old was 11.1 points ahead of silver medallist Anders Bardal after flights on 203.5 and 191.5 metres. Noriaki Kasai (JPN, Fischer) missed bronze medal by just one point, Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer) was ranked fifth followed by Roman Koudelka (CZE, Fischer). Dmitry Vassiliev (RUS, Fischer) finished eighth and Maciej Kot (POL, Fischer) tenth.
Women's skijump in Falun also postponed
Women's skijump in Sweden's Falun was also postponed several times due to strong winds but in opposite to nordic combined's skijump this competition could proceed in the late afternoon. Behind again dominant Takanashi (JPN) her compatriot Yuki Ito (JPN, Fischer) realized another second spot. Julia Clair (FRA, Fischer) was ranked in a good fourth place followed by Carina Vogt (GER, Fischer) - the Olympic Champion dropped back in the final from three to five. Jessica Jerome (USA, Fischer) came in eighth ahead of Eva Logar (SLO, Fischer).