German team around Geiger and Eisenbichler wins gold

The German ski jumpers won the fourth medal in the fourth competition at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf in 2021. (All ski jumping events in LIVETICKER)

The quartet around Pius Paschke, Severin Freund, Markus Eisenbichler and Karl Geiger grabbed the gold medal in the team competition at the end of the title fights in the Allgäu with 1046.6 points.

Silver went to Austria, 11.1 points behind, while Poland (-15.4) completed the podium. (Schedule of the Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf)

Horngacher proud of the German ski jumping team

“My pulse is high. It was an amazing final. I’m really proud of my boys,” said national coach Stefan Horngacher in the ZDF. For the fourth time after 1999, 2001 and 2019 the title went to Germany.

Geiger led the DSV-Adler as the final jumper from second place to the front. For the local hero, who has already won gold in mixed, Silver from the little one and Bronze from the big hill won, it was the fourth medal at the fourth start. For the first time since 2001 in Lahti, the German ski jumpers stood on the podium in every World Cup competition.

Eisenbichler also had special reason to celebrate. For Bayern it was the sixth world title of his career, only the Austrians Thomas Morgenstern (8) and Wolfgang Loitzl (7) have collected more gold medals.

Geiger and Eisenbichler secure gold with top jumps

Top favorite Norway had nothing to do with the decision from the start without Halvor Egner Granerud, who tested positive for Corona and only ended up in sixth place. Slovenia with the three Prevc brothers Cene, Peter and Domen as well as Anze Lanisek finished fifth behind Japan. (Ski jumping: status in the overall World Cup)

“Everything is possible from first to sixth place,” Horngacher said shortly before the competition. The start gave us courage: Paschke (Kiefersfelden) jumped a strong 136.5 m and kept the DSV quartet in fourth place within striking distance of the top. Seasoned Freund (Rastbüchl / 127.5), Eisenbichler (Siegsdorf / 135.0) and Geiger (Oberstdorf / 133.5) each made up one place and put the defending champion just ahead of Austria at halftime.

In the second round, a thriller developed: After the jumps by Paschke (132.0) and Freund (123.0), Germany fell back to fourth place. Eisenbichler brought his team back to second position with a dream flight of 138.5 m before Geiger secured the gold medal with 136.0 m. (World Cup calendar in ski jumping)

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With sports information service (SID)

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