Nordic Combined: Watabe takes Win in Germany


Japan’s Akito Watabe won today’s (Feb. 18) World Cup Nordic Combined in Klingenthal, Germany.  France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis finished second and is still in the lead for the overall rankings, one hundred and fifty points ahead of Watabe. Austrian Bernhard Gruber came in third.

“I am behind 150 points in the overall… if I can beat Jason I will be happy. There are still many races to race and I will try.” Said Watabe.

When asked about overall standings Chappuis replied, “No, I’m not nervous looking at the overall’s standing. But for sure it will be a close race until the end of the season.”

German Tino Edelmann was disqualified during the Ski Jumping portion because he did not jump while the start light was on green. Italy’s Alessandro Pittin did not compete after suffering a shoulder injury from a severe fall during Friday’s training session; he will undergo surgery and be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
 
Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. finishing in seventeenth place. Johnny Spillane jumped to eleventh, but fell to finish thirtieth after battling to make up a minute and thirty-three second gap.

The men’s World Cup Nordic Combined will continue tomorrow (Feb. 13) with another individual Gundersen, in Klingenthal.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  1  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   25:06.3
 2  5  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   25:34.8
 3  3  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   25:35.9
 4  2  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   25:52.0
 5  4  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   26:15.0
 6  19  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   26:32.9
 7  18  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   26:41.6
 8  6  467 RIESSLE Fabian  1990  GER   27:01.9
 9  8  1669 STORLIEN Gudmund  1990  NOR   27:02.2
 10  10  1167 KJELBOTN Thomas  1986  NOR   27:02.8
 11  7  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   27:07.1
 12  28  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   27:18.5
 13  16  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   27:31.0
 14  22  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   27:32.3
 15  13  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   27:41.4
 16  12  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   27:46.5
 17  14  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   27:46.8
 18  29  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   27:53.3
 19  20  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   27:54.5
 20  21  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   28:03.3
 21  27  1548 HAERTULL Jim  1990  FIN   28:06.2
 22  15  1700 WATABE Yoshito  1991  JPN   28:06.9
 23  31  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   28:07.6
 24  37  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   28:12.8
 25  39  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   28:17.6
 26  9  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   28:24.4
 27  35  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   28:25.1
 28  38  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   28:28.4
 29  40  1796 JOHANSEN Truls Soenstehagen  1991  NOR   28:31.4
 30  11  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   28:31.6
 31  41  1615 SCHNEIDER Sepp  1991  AUT   29:09.2
 32  48  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   29:18.0
 33  17  1404 DIER Dominik  1989  AUT   29:20.4
 34  47  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   29:25.4
 35  32  1296 BOESL Wolfgang  1989  GER   29:47.5
 36  43  670 SCHLOTT Mark  1985  GER   30:00.8
 37  23  1210 KAMMERLANDER Carlos  1989  AUT   30:01.0
 38  25  1479 PANIN Ivan  1987  RUS   30:09.0
 39  24  1482 VAEHAESOEYRINKI Eetu  1990  FIN   30:11.2
 40  26  100017 YAHIN Ernest  1991  RUS   30:45.7
 41  49  1300 DUENKEL Michael  1989  GER   30:53.6
 42  33  347 BEETZ Christian  1984  GER   30:59.0
 43  30  1418 BERLOT Gasper  1990  SLO   31:06.5
 44  34  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   31:31.3
Disqualified
   47  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   
Did not start
   46  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   
   45  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   
   44  1424 HAVRANEK Lukas  1990  CZE   
   42  1413 KROG Magnus  1987  NOR   
   42  650 BEETZ Tom  1986  GER   
   36  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   

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