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The rain was a nail in the coffin as Robert Johansson jumped as a system man to win at Oberstdorf – but had to be defeated by favorite Ryo Kobayashi and Halvor Aigner Granrod for second.
Robert Johansson (31) led after the first round with a jump of 135.5 metres, and extended the last round to 131 metres. She didn’t hold out against Japan’s Ryo Kobayashi, who secured his sixth win in the jump week – and a No. 3 win for Oberstdorf.
TV 3 expert commentator Maren Lundby said it was strong with the Japanese in mind – who achieved the character’s favourite by jumping from fifth to first winner.
However, from a Norwegian perspective, the list of results is top notch: 2) Granrod, 3) Johansson, 4) Marius Lindvik.
– We’re definitely with after the first race. It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Klaas Priede Brathin, the national team manager.
This is the first time since the first jumping week in 1953 that Norway has had three jumpers among the top four in Oberstdorf. At that time it was not the inaugural race.
– I’m much better today. more relaxed. It was a good start. I decided to dive today. It worked out really well, Robert Johansson said in an interview with TV 3 after tonight’s final jump.
However, Halvor Egner Granerud was a disappointment.
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– I’m not very happy. The first jump is fine. I think the second jump is really bad. I feel there is a lot to go on. It’s a bit boring to be second, says Halvor Aigner Granrod.
– It was a very interesting competition for us, said the coach of the national team, Alexander Stockel.
What can I say, he adds, almost impressed with his signature — before noting that Robert Johansson must now permanently ditch the brand’s spinning top.
Robert Johansson first made a jump of 135.5 metres. Halvor Egner Granerud overtook the finish amazingly on the plain after stretching to 132 metres, slipping a few points ahead of home favorite Karl Geiger (131.5 metres).
– I felt better. Maybe a little offensive, but on the good side. He might try to be a better Norwegian, Halvor Aigner Granrod’s initial referee was after the first half.
– I feel like I’m into something. Just to win the final round. It could be good, said Marius Lindvik.
Behind the German was followed by Marius Lindvik in fourth and Hobuka’s favorite Ryoyo Kobayashi in fifth.
So the time was right for a Norwegian’s first vaulting win in Oberstdorf since Anders Jacobsen won here nine years ago – in 2012. And perhaps a double victory for the second time. First time: 1970 by Ingolf Mork 1), Bent Tomtum 2).
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– It was delicious. I was a little annoyed yesterday. I decided to take a chance. “I hope I can make a good leap,” said Robert Johansson in a short interview shown on TV 3 after the jump, which expert commentator Maren Lundby described as simple and straightforward.
The wholesaler, who won the Olympic medal, was “a little upset” after the jump on Tuesday. With “Another good jump”, he thought of the last run, where after landing at 131m, he had to mention that he fell two places.
Well noted after Ryoyo Kobayashi 141m (roughly a hill record), Marius Lindvik 137.5, Karl Geiger 131m, and Halvor Aigner Granrod 133m.
Marcus Eisenbechler jumped 132.5 meters with 10 men remaining on top. The German took the top spot, keeping it nerve-wracking for a long time.
– I jumped to Eisenbechler, I must say, and Maren Lundby – before Slovenian newcomer Lovro Kos – grabbed 139.5 meters and took the lead before the last five on the barrier, which was pulled down a notch after that – and then a couple more.
Johann Andre Furfang jumped first in the last round, and actually got into poor conditions in the middle of nowhere.
– Very frustrated today. It was really gritty and boring, says Johann Andre Furfang.
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