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Demong skis up 22 places to 7th at worlds

February 27, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Eric Frenzel and Tino Edelmann of Germany finished 1-2 Saturday in the Nordic combined normal hill event at the world championships.

American Olympic champion Billy Demong finished seventh, one place ahead of teammate Todd Lodwick. Demong had the fastest cross-country time but was unable to make up a 1:47 time difference after placing 29th with his jump.

Frenzel won by 11.9 seconds after holding on to the lead he earned with a 109.5-meter leap in ski jump. Edelmann, a three-time silver medalist at the last worlds, was sixth after the jump but had a strong 10-kilometer cross-country leg.

Felix Gottwald of Austria was third.

Jason Lamy Chappuis of France finished 15th. He leads the overall World Cup standings.

In other events, Thomas Morgenstern of Austria landed a 107-meter jump to win the normal hill ski jump over fellow Austrian Andreas Kofler. Marit Bjoergen of Norway again delighted a large home crowd with a powerful display in the 15-kilometer cross-country pursuit.

Fact Box

Saturday at Oslo, Norway

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Nordic Combined, Individual, Normal Hill

(Ski jump-10k cross-country placings in parentheses)

1. Eric Frenzel, Germany, 25 minutes, 19.2 seconds (1-19).

2. Tino Edelmann, Germany, 11.9 seconds behind (6-7).

3. Felix Gottwald, Austria, 18.4 (15-2).

4. Johannes Rydzek, Germany, 22.9 (9-7).

5. Akito Watabe, Japan, 25.5 (13-4).

6. Mikko Kokslien, Norway, 29.6 (24-3).

7. Bill Demong, United States, 46.2 (29-1).

8. Todd Lodwick, United States, 46.9 (16-10).

9. Haavard Klemetsen, Norway, 47.0 (2-25).

10. Lukas Runggaldier, Italy, 47.0 (19-9).

Also

19. Johnny Spillane, United States, 1:32.3 (34-6).

22. Bryan Fletcher, United States, 1:49.8 (10-31).

26. Taylor Fletcher, United States, 2:15.1 (39-17).

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Ski Jump, Normal Hill

1. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 269.2 points (101.5 meters-107.0 meters).

2. Andreas Kofler, Austria, 260.1 (99.5-105.0).

3. Adam Malysz, Poland, 252.2 (97.5-102.0).

4. Simon Ammann, Switzerland, 247.6 (97.5-101.5).

5. Tom Hilde, Norway, 244.8 (94.0-101.5).

6. Kamil Stoch, Poland, 240.5 (94.0-101.0).

7. Severin Freund, Germany, 239.2 (95.5-100.0).

8. Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria, 235.2 (93.0-98.0).

9. Anders Bardal, Norway, 232.6 (97.0-98.5).

10. Anssi Koivuranta, Finland, 231.9 (98.5-94.0).

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Cross-Country, Women, 15k Pursuit

1. Marit Bjoergen, Norway, 38 minutes, 8.6 seconds.

2. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland, 38:16.1.

3. Therese Johaug, Norway, 38:17.4.

4. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, 39:02.5.

5. Marianna Longa, Italy, 39:17.0.

6. Maria Rydqvist, Sweden, 39:17.4.

7. Nicole Fessel, Germany, 39:17.4

8. Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Finland, 39:19.9.

9. Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway, 39:24.6.

10. Anna Haag, Sweden, 39:46.8.

Also

24. Elizabeth Stephen, United States, 41:03.5.

25. Holly Brooks, United States, 41:21.5.

43. Morgan Arritola, United States, 43:09.5.

Morgenstern nailed the longest jump of the day to win gold over Andreas Kofler, who pressured his teammate with a 105-meter jump in the final round.

"It was an awesome day for me," Morgenstern, a four-time team world champion. "Even the weather was right. When I woke up this morning I hoped for snow and no wind, and that's how it was."

Bjoergen won her sixth career world championship gold, beating Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland by 7.5 seconds. The Norwegian, unbeaten in a distance race since the Vancouver Olympics, sprinted clear of Kowalczyk on the final downhill to cross the line in 38 minutes, 8.6 seconds.

On Thursday, Bjoergen won the 1.3-kilometer cross-country sprint.

"That's two golds in two races," Bjoergen said. "It's been an amazing championships so far."

 
 

 

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