Halvor Egner Granerud (25) was occasionally superb and won the World Cup overall last season. In the World Cup opening, everything was in order before the final round, but it only 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 Viasat’s jumping expert Andreas Stjernen after the race.
German Karl Geiger won the race ahead of Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi.
As the winner of the World Cup last year, Granerud started last in the first round, and with a jump of 133 meters, the Norwegian took the lead.
– He comes out very well right away, gets great height and flies down nicely, Stjernen said about Granerud’s first jump.
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 overall has first priority, the Olympics a good number two, Granerud said when VG met him at the jumpers’ kick-off.
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.
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.