Hoelzl wins women’s individual, Poland claim men’s team title at Klingenthal

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KLINGENTHAL, Germany, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) — Austrian ski jumper Chiara Hoelzl claimed the women’s individual title here on Saturday at the FIS Klingenthal World Cup while Polish quartet won the men’s team competition.

The 22-year-old Hoelzl won the best jump of 141m, scoring 124.6 points to be the champion. She was on the highest podium for the first time. After twice fourth place in Lillehammer, Ema Klinec from Slovenia did a great job with the jump of 129m , earning 118.9 points in the second position.

With a large and cheerful public in the arena expecting her, local hero Katharina Althaus demonstrated her good shape and posted a jump of 131.5m, scoring 118.6 points to finish third.

After three tournaments in December, Norwegian Maren Lundby leads the overall ranking of the World Cup with 245 points, ahead of 5 points by Chiara Hoelzl. Ema Klinec follows in third (180 points).

Polish jumpers claimed a convincing men’s team victory (968.7 points) ahead of Austria and Japan in the Vogtland Arena. Piotr Zyla, Jakub Wolny, Kamil Stoch and Dawid Kubacki presented themselves in a strong shape and had a clear lead of 25 points over Austria and of more than 50 points over Japan.

Philipp Aschenwald, Gregor Schlierenzauer, Michael Hayboeck, and Stefan Kraft secured the second place for Austria. The third place went to Japan which is led by the extremely strong Ryoyu Kobayashi.

The men’s individual competitions will take place on Sunday afternoon. The top favorites are Ryoyu Kobayashi, Stefan Kraft, Karl Geiger, Philipp Aschenwald, and Dawid Kubacki.

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