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Nordic Combined: Watabe Wins, Fletcher leads U.S. in Liberec

Japan’s Akito Watabe  took the win at today’s (Feb. 26) World Cup Nordic Combined in Liberec, Czech Republic in front of  France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis. In the overall standing, Chappuis leads, 183 points ahead of Watabe. Austrian Mario Stecher placed third.
 
“I’m very tired today. It was a difficult competition with the changing conditions at the Ski Jumping and a very deep and soft track.” Said Watabe, “It will be difficult to catch Jason Lamy Chappuis.”
 
 
American Bryan Fletcher scored a career best World Cup result, finishing fourth. At the midway mark, Fletcher stood in sixth with a 40 second deficit, and managed to ski strong to land one off the podium. Teammate Billy Demong broke into the top ten, finishing eighth.
 
“Bryan is getting closer and closer to the podium. It will come. He did a good job today but wasn’t quite as strong as Jason and Mario.” Said head coach Dave Jarrett

The men’s World Cup Nordic Combined will go on with an Individual Gundersen competition and a Team Sprint in Lahti next weekend.

Image by Gepa

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  4  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   26:17.2
 2  10  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   26:35.4
 3  9  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   26:44.3
 4  6  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   27:11.2
 5  2  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   27:14.4
 6  1  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   27:18.2
 7  3  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   27:20.5
 8  24  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   27:22.2
 9  34  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   27:27.1
 10  18  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   27:27.5
 11  8  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   27:28.7
 12  14  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   27:34.8
 13  28  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   27:43.5
 14  16  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   27:47.1
 15  12  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   27:50.0
 16  37  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   27:58.5
 17  19  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   27:59.1
 18  32  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   27:59.8
 19  15  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   28:00.2
 20  38  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   28:02.7
 21  36  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   28:03.6
 22  20  1669 STORLIEN Gudmund  1990  NOR   28:04.7
 23  17  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   28:06.7
 24  26  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   28:15.6
 25  23  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   28:20.3
 26  25  759 NAGAI Hideaki  1983  JPN   28:21.5
 27  5  1700 WATABE Yoshito  1991  JPN   28:30.1
 28  44  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   28:34.0
 29  45  1486 PIHO Kail  1991  EST   28:36.6
 30  13  1482 VAEHAESOEYRINKI Eetu  1990  FIN   28:45.8
 31  11  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   28:51.6
 32  40  1548 HAERTULL Jim  1990  FIN   29:04.3
 33  35  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   29:05.2
 34  29  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   29:07.7
 35  7  1413 KROG Magnus  1987  NOR   29:20.5
 36  43  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   29:22.2
 37  33  347 BEETZ Christian  1984  GER   29:23.6
 38  50  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   29:37.8
 39  42  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   29:44.8
 40  39  591 KAMMERLANDER Tobias  1986  AUT   29:58.6
 41  30  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   30:02.4
 42  22  1737 MORWEISER Janis  1991  GER   30:15.5
 43  49  1424 HAVRANEK Lukas  1990  CZE   30:38.7
 44  47  1649 HENDRICKSON Nick  1991  USA   30:50.2
 45  41  100017 YAHIN Ernest  1991  RUS   31:08.2
 46  21  1488 TIIRMAA Karl-August  1989  EST   31:09.7
 47  55  1538 DENNEY Brett  1990  USA   31:34.8
 48  54  100020 SEMENOV Sergei  1989  RUS   31:54.8
 49  52  164 SAVILL Wesley  1989  CAN   31:59.5
 50  53  1617 JANCIK Lukas  1990  CZE   32:11.8
Disqualified
   44  100002 GRAABAK Joergen  1991  NOR   
Did not start
   56  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   
   48  1418 BERLOT Gasper  1990  SLO   
   46  467 RIESSLE Fabian  1990  GER   
Did not finish
   51  1619 RYPL Lukas  1991  CZE   
   31  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   
   27  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   

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