Chappuis clenches nordic combined season title


Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis sealed his claim on the World Cup overall season title today with a 10th-place finish in a competition in Lahti, Finland. Thought there are three World Cup competitions remaining this season, no other competitor can catch Chappuis, who has 995 points, five World cup wins and four more podiums finishes.

Norway’s Magnus Moan was the winner of the day after overcoming a one minute 30 second disadvantage in the cross country race following his 14th-place jump. Finn Hannu Manninen finished second after standing 11th after the jumps and taking the third-fastest time in the cross country race. German Tino Edelmann joined them on the podium after finishing seventh in both the jump and the cross country race. He also won the Olympic gold medal in the normal hill event.

“The Olympic Winter Games were very disappointing for me, and last week, I was also sick and I wasn’t able to train,” said Moan, who didn’t finish better than ninth at the Games. “I was curious about my shape, and I am happy that I have won this race. Under certain aspects, it was my revenge against Hannu Manninen who beat me at the 2007 Sapporo World Championships.”

Austrian Felix Gottwald was the fastest skier on the cross country track but was unable to overcome his 2:28 disadvantage after finishing 37th in the jump. Gottwald currently stands in second in the overall rankings, 276 points behind Chappuis.

Johnny Spillane is currently the highest-ranking American in 8th place overall. Bill Demong stands 10th followed by Todd Lodwick in 14th. None of the three competed today.

American Taylor Fletcher led his team with a 43rd-place finish ahead of teammate Nick Hendrickson in 44th.

Before competition began this morning, athletes met with FIS officials to discus what went wrong at the Olympic competition on Feb. 25, when weather delays forced officials to restart the jumping portion of the competition after 31 athletes had jumped. Many athletes felt that there was a lack of communication between themselves and the decision-making jury. Demong and Spillane went on to win the gold and silver medals in that event.

“We don’t think that our sport is developing forward, but backwards,” said Gottwald in the meeting.

In a TV interview after the meeting Gottwald said that he is not yet satisfied with the given answers and said that there will be further measures. There is some speculation that there will be an athlete protest at the tour’s final stop next week in in Oslo, Norway. “There can only be TV coverage when the athletes play their part,” said Gottwald.

For complete results click the attachment below.

 1  14  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   25:20.3
 2  12  19 MANNINEN Hannu  1978  FIN   25:22.6
 3  7  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   25:27.5
 4  2  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   25:41.0
 5  37  35 GOTTWALD Felix  1976  AUT   25:46.5
 6  6  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   25:58.3
 7  4  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   25:59.6
 8  26  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   26:04.6
 9  23  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   26:04.6
 10  13  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   26:04.9
 11  27  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   26:05.9
 12  11  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   26:12.8
 13  5  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   26:18.3
 14  19  137 KREINER David  1981  AUT   26:26.9
 15  8  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   26:27.6
 16  1  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   26:27.6
 17  21  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   26:27.9
 18  3  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   26:28.8
 19  17  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   26:29.4
 20  15  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   26:30.9
 21  25  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   26:57.4
 22  33  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   27:01.2
 23  32  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   27:01.7
 24  30  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   27:02.0
 25  9  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   27:02.2
 26  34  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   27:08.3
 27  38  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   27:15.5
 28  28  1204 MARTIN Nicolas  1989  FRA   27:17.5
 29  29  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   27:23.0
 30  42  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   27:24.0
 31  40  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   27:27.1
 32  39  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   27:34.2
 33  31  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   27:37.8
 34  22  1444 SCHMID Tommy  1988  SUI   27:49.6
 35  45  200 HASENEY Sebastian  1978  GER   27:56.2
 36  10  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   27:59.8
 37  43  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   28:00.2
 38  35  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   28:01.2
 39  18  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   28:13.2
 40  46  670 SCHLOTT Mark  1985  GER   28:53.7
 41  36  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   28:54.2
 42  20  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   29:11.2
 43  52  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   29:26.8
 44  54  1649 HENDRICKSON Nick  1991  USA   29:49.7
 45  41  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   29:56.9
 46  55  705 KAEHKOENEN Ville  1984  FIN   30:08.9
 47  47  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   30:09.5
 48  50  1617 JANCIK Lukas  1990  CZE   30:09.6
 49  16  1473 ASIKAINEN Lauri  1989  FIN   30:16.2
 50  44  1068 MILLER Alexander  1985  USA   30:16.3
 51  49  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   31:01.9
 52  48  1488 TIIRMAA Karl-August  1989  EST   31:07.8
 53  51  1548 HAERTULL Jim  1990  FIN   31:12.1
 54  56  1486 PIHO Kail  1991  EST   31:22.8
 55  53  1547 LEHTO Joakim  1989  FIN   33:05.7
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   24  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   

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