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Geiger second – Sport – SZ.de

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It could have been a foretaste of the coming day, when the first competition of this 70th Four Hills Tournament will take place: The weather on Wednesday is not supposed to get any better; It couldn’t be much worse: The Oberstdorf qualification had to be interrupted again shortly after the start. It was raining across, a cutting mixture of snow and ice, the wind whistled from various directions, so that at some point the workers on the trail were in action instead of the ski jumpers. The service staff tried to protect the inrun lane with a narrow giant tarpaulin, while the run below was transformed into an ice hockey rink.

Nevertheless, it went on at some point, and the jumpers showed their skills not only when swinging down on black ice, but also when flying. Because the favorites were not naked, because the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, the Oberstdorf overall leader Karl Geiger and the Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud occupied places one to three in this order, and the rest of the group also delivered what was expected, others came into focus.

Severin Freund played the most extraordinary part. The 33-year-old former German top jumper, most recently only in the Continental Cup, was in better shape. He was one of the first to go, took a seat in the leader’s box and was allowed to hold out there in the cold for around 50 jumpers and 75 minutes. He saw, among other things, how Andreas Wellinger missed the qualification after a failed jump, but also small successes of his teammates: Stephan Leyhe made a solid jump, Markus Eisenbichler, who recently suffered setbacks in Engelberg, was sixth in the qualification and improved , unlike the Oberstdorf weather, clearly.

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