Jarl Magnus Riiber won the race on Sunday and rose to the top podium in all three races in Ruka and claimed the first place on Ruka Tour with full points. The Norwegian was outstanding throughout the whole weekend and left no doubts about who is the best athlete in Nordic Combined right now.

Due to the wind conditions ski jumping competition had to be cancelled and Thursday’s results from the Provisional Competition Round were used to determine the starting order for the cross-country track.

Norwegians strong once again

Riiber jumped good on Thursday and started with 1:04 minute gap to the next athlete. He had no problems on the tracks and was able to maintain a strong speed growing the gap to the chasers. He won the race with an outstanding performance.

– It was a good race. I just tried to keep a good pace on the track and I hope to maintain my level in the next competitions, said Riiber.

The Norwegian team was once again very strong. Joergen Graabak was the fourth Norwegian to rise to the podium during the weekend with a second place on Sunday. He started as number four on the tracks and managed to defeat his team mate Jens Luraas Oftebro in the finishing line. Oftebro was third for the third time this weekend, and once again lost the second place by just a tenth of a second.

– We had a tactical finish and I was able to defeat Jens in the final metres. I’m really happy for my performances here in Ruka and hopefully I will continue as stable as I did during this weekend, Graabak told to the media.

There were five Norwegians in the top six today, as Einar Luraas Oftebro and Espen Bjoernstad finished on places five and six.

Rehrl best non-Norwegian

The Austrian Franz-Josef Rehrl finished the race in fourth place. Austrians got also another man in the top ten as Philipp Orter was seventh. Also Germany got two athletes in top ten as Manuel Faisst was eighth and Vinzenz Geiger tenth with the quickest skiing time today.

Ilkka Herola was the best Finnish athlete with a solid performance on the cross-country track, but that was not what the Finn was aiming for in front of the home crowd. However, the Finnish young gun Wille Karhumaa snatched his career first World Cup points and was 6th fastest athlete on the track today.

Eren Gürler
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