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Ski jumping: Geiger and Eisenbichler disappoint in Willingen

Two bad jumps, strong wind, only one round: Karl Geiger and Markus Eisenbichler disappointed in the first individual in Willingen. Geiger has to give up the yellow jersey.

National coach Stefan Horngacher disappointedly slammed his flag on the ground, a little later the debacle was complete with the cancellation of the second round: The German ski jumping aces Karl Geiger and Markus Eisenbichler disappointed in adverse wind conditions at the first competition of the Olympic dress rehearsal in Willingen.

Ski flying world champion Geiger (Oberstdorf) only came in 20th in the Hochsauerland with 120.5 meters and had to hand over the lead in the overall World Cup to the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, who celebrated his seventh win of the season after a jump of 145.0 m. Eisenbichler even came in 30th after a very weak jump (118.5 m).

“The boys did their best”

“The guys did their best. And given these conditions, I’m actually quite happy with the jumps,” said Horngacher. Strong wind had repeatedly caused interruptions, and the women’s second round had already been canceled a few hours earlier. “Ski jumping is out there, we have to accept that,” added Horngacher.

A ray of hope in the DSV team: Severin Freund. The 33-year-old, who was not nominated for the Olympics, finished fourth with 140.0 m and celebrated by far his best result of the season. “I like days like this, it’s usually easier for me,” said Freund, who was on the upswing with 14th place last week in Titisee-Neustadt.

Stephan Leyhe also impressed in his home country, the 30-year-old flew sixth. Second place went to the Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud, who won both individual competitions in Willingen last year. His teammate Marius Lindvik was third.

Wellinger is twelfth in the comeback

Constantin Schmid (Oberaudorf), who was nominated for the Olympics, came in a strong eleventh, Andreas Wellinger jumped to twelfth place on his comeback after a corona infection and knee problems. Pius Paschke (Kiefersfelden), who received a Beijing ticket, disappointed with 112.0 m and 32nd place.

The women also had to struggle with the strong wind beforehand, only one round could be held. Katharina Althaus, who came second at the Olympics, presented herself in great form and with a jump of 126.5 meters she was only beaten by the dominating World Cup leader Marita Kramer from Austria. The competition was overshadowed by a serious fall by Selina Freitag (Aue), who gave the all-clear after a short treatment break and was taken to the hospital.

At the start in Willingen, the German mixed team only came in fourth on Friday with the best line-up. On Sunday there will be another singles event in Willingen for the women (10.00 a.m./ZDF and Eurosport) and men (3.15 p.m./ZDF and Eurosport) before the entourage makes its way to Beijing. The ski jumping competitions there begin on February 5th.

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