Halvor Egner Granerud (25) was occasionally superb and won the World Cup overall last season. In the World Cup opening, everything was in place for a perfect start to the season, but it just went almost.
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Last season, Granerud took eleven victories in the World Cup, among them two in Nizhny Tagil, back in Russia for this year’s first World Cup race, it was almost a repeat of last year.
For Granerud led after the first round, but with a jump of 125 meters in the final round, the Norwegian became number three.
– I think it looked like there was some air across the ground, but in any case it is a very good performance by Halvor, summed up Viaplay’s jumping expert Andreas Stjernen after the race.
German Karl Geiger won the race ahead of Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi.
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Towards this season, Granerud has been clear that he wants to be the first male Norwegian jumper to win the World Cup for a total of two years in a row. That in an Olympic season.
– The World Cup as a whole has first priority, the Olympics a good number two, Granerud said when VG hit him on the jumpers’ kick-off.
After Saturday’s competition, Granerud is seriously involved from the start.
It was an upturn and for Daniel André Tande, who after the panic in Planica has fought back and qualified for the final round in Russia in the comeback. The Norwegian eventually became number 24.
– The race was characterized by somewhat demanding conditions, but we feel that we are able to take good care of the opportunities that present themselves. We are also pleased that Daniel (Tande) is back and takes world cup points in his first race, says national team manager Clas Brede Bråthen to NTB after the race.
At the same time as Granerud fought for the victory, Robert Johansson was in fourth place before his last jump. But he did not get it to vote either and Johansson ended up in ninth place.
Marius Lindvik ended up number 19 in the World Cup opening.
Neither Anders Fannemel nor Fredrik Villumstad managed to qualify for the final round.