Germany's Tino Edelmann held off Lukas Klapfer of Austria Friday to win a nordic combined World Cup-B sprint event by 6.4 seconds with American Eric Camerota ninth.
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah — Germany's Tino Edelmann held off Lukas Klapfer of Austria Friday to win a nordic combined World Cup-B sprint event by 6.4 seconds with American Eric Camerota ninth.
Edelmann was fifth in jumping on the 134-meter hill at Utah Olympic Park and he produced the 10th-fastest 7.5-kilometer time. Klapfer, 16th in jumping, had the fourth-fastest time to nearly catch the German.
Camerota, 19th in the lone round of jumping, was ninth-fastest in the three-lap race to finish 24.9 seconds off the pace, his third top 10 in three meets this season. Bryan Fletcher was seventh in jumping and finished 16th, 51.3 seconds out.
The two-day visit to the 2002 Olympic venues concludes Saturday with another sprint, this one using a hurricane start format after the one round of jumping. In the hurricane format, athletes' points back — normally converted to time for the Gundersen handicap start — are converted to distances behind the leading jumper, and everyone starts the 7.5 km race together with, as usual, the first skier to the finish winning.
NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP-B
Soldier Hollow, UT – Dec. 15, 2006
Sprint (K134/7.5 km)
1. Tino Edelmann, Germany, (5/10)
2. Lukas Klapfer, Austria, (16/4) 6.4 seconds back
3. Nicolas Bal, France, (14/6) 13.6
4. Tomaz Druml, Austria, (6/14) 13.7
5. Jan Christian Bjoern, Norway, (3/21) 19.8
U.S. skiers in the top 40:
9. Eric Camerota, Park City, UT, (19/9) 24.9
16. Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO, (7/24) 51.3
29. Brett Camerota, Park City, UT, (41/18) 1:24.7
37. Alex miller, Steamboat Springs, CO, (44/29) 1:56.6
38. Willy Graves, Putney, VT, (35/33) 1:57.7
39. Alex Glueck, Steamboat Springs, CO, (40/31) 1:59.1