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Winter sports: Frenzel and Schmid at the front in the NoKo

The German combined athletes can hope for a podium finish at the World Cup home game in Klingenthal.

As the best DSV starter, youngster Julian Schmid came in fourth on Saturday morning in the Vogtland Arena with a jump of 138.0 m and will be 21 seconds behind the leading Estonian Kristjan Ilves in the 10 km cross-country skiing from 1.45 p.m.

Record world champion Eric Frenzel is still in the running as sixth (+0:33 minutes), Terence Weber (+0:59) and Manuel Faißt (+1:07) also jumped into the top ten.

In the absence of Norway’s World Cup leader Jarl Magnus Riiber, who has withdrawn into training, Ilves secured a razor-thin lead ahead of Japan’s Ryoyu Yamamoto (+0:01) with a jump of 140.0 m. Third is Austria’s world champion Johannes Lamparter (+0:20).

Vinzenz Geiger (Oberstdorf), last week’s winner in Val di Fiemme, had to settle for 15th place (+:1:41) in demanding wind conditions. Double Olympic champion Johannes Rydzek is also clearly behind in 20th (+1:55).

Team Olympic champion Fabian Riessle is threatened with a decisive setback in the fight for the Beijing ticket. The 31-year-old, only the seventh best German in the overall World Cup, only came in 34th (+2:46). National coach Hermann Weinbuch will name his squad for the Winter Games from February 4th to 20th on Sunday after his second competition in Klingenthal.

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