Germans secures second gold in Planica, Slovenians eleventh

With his third medal and second gold, German Tristan Sommerfeldt became the most successful participant of the 47th FIS Nordic Junior World Championships in Nordic Combined in Planica, while his compatriot Richard Stenzel also returns home with two gold medals after today's triumph. Urban Zajec and Lovro Percl Seručnik finished 11th in the team sprint, which marked the conclusion of the Nordic Combined events in Planica.


The 47th FIS Junior World Championships in Nordic Combined concluded in Planica with the team sprint for young athletes. In rainy weather, the competitors first completed the final jump on the medium-sized hill in Planica. The best positions were secured by Germans Tristan Sommerfeldt and Richard Stenzel with jumps of 100 and 96 meters, giving them an 11-second lead over Austrians Jonas Fischbacher and Paul Walcher, who jumped 96 and 97 meters. Norwegians Joergen Berget Storsveen with 95.5 meters and Jens Dahlseide Kvamme with 94.5 meters secured the third position, trailing by 17 seconds, the same as the Japanese pair Atshusiju Narita and Kyotara Yamazaki in fourth place. The home duo, Urban Zajec and Lovro Percl Seručnik, with jumps of 90 and 88.5 meters, finished in 10th place, trailing the leading Germans by 53 seconds.

On the 2 x 7.5 km course, the Germans mostly ran alongside the Austrians, but Sommerfeldt secured the lead in the final exchange, earning him his second gold and a total of three medals in Planica. Stenzel enriched his gold medal from the mixed team competition. The Austrian duo crossed the finish line five seconds later; Walcher added team silver to his individual gold. Today's bronze went to the Norwegians, with Kvamme successfully fending off Narita at the finish line. Both Berget and Kvamme celebrated their second medal under the Ponce; each had previously won a bronze in a different discipline.

Zajec and Percl Seručnik concluded the championship in 11th place, trailing the winning team by a little over four minutes.

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