Granerud continues to dominate
Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway claimed his third win in a row today in Chaikovsky. He finished ahead of Russia’s Evgeniy Klimov and his teammate Johann Andre Forfang.
But it was not easy for Granerud today: “It was a really tough fight today with Evgeniy Klimov, his first jump was extremely strong, it was really impressive”, said Granerud, who was 8 points behind Klimov after the first round. “My second jump today was great, everything worked well and in the end, it was a close race between Klimov and me.”
Klimov already showed convincing performances in yesterday’s training and the prologue. The Russian, for whom this was the first competition this summer and who won a World Cup in Wisla 2018, is in great shape right now.
Just like the Slovenes in the women’s event, the jumpers of Norway dominated the men’s competition. Besides Granerud and Forfang, Marius Lindvik completed the fantastic team result for the athletes of head coach Alex Stoeckl in fourth, Robin Pedersen finished on the strong seventh place.
It was also a successful day for the Russians, with Mikhail Nazarov, Ilya Mankov, and Roman Sergeevich Trofimov in sixth, eighth, and ninth.
Halvor Egner Granerud now leads the overall ranking of the Grand Prix with 300 points. The next competitions of the men’s Grand Prix will be held in Hinzenbach (AUT) and Klingenthal (GER). Tomorrow a mixed team competition will take place in Chaikovsky.