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Ski jump - DSV-Adler takes second place at halftime in Zakopane

Ski jump – DSV-Adler takes second place at halftime in Zakopane

Cologne (SID) – German ski jumpers have their eyes set on the podium in the last team competition ahead of the Olympic Games in Beijing. After the first round of the World Cup competition in Zakopane, DSV-Adler finished second around the world champion figure skating, Karl Geiger.

With 503.8 points, the surprise difference to the sudden Slovenian leader (531.4) is equal to 15 metres. Third, Japan (500.2). Six days earlier, the German pick at Bischofshofen had only finished sixth because of Geiger’s downfall.

Jaeger (Oberstdorf) was the last German jumper to show a very strong performance with 135.5m, after Markus Eisenbechler (Sigsdorf) had previously brought his DSV quad to third with 126.0m in tough conditions. After the first two rounds with Severin Freund (Rastbüchl / 121.5) and Stephan Leyhe (Willingen / 129.5), Germany took only seventh place.

Compared to Bischofshofen, Leyhe and Freund replaced Konstantin Schmid and Andreas Wellinger on the team. After jumping practice on Friday, Olympic champion Willinger felt a stab in his right knee, having undergone surgery in 2019 to rupture his cruciate ligament. The 26-year-old left home early for a medical check-up.