(London Post) The favorite has lived up to his billing as the Four Hills ski-jumping tournament reached its half-way point. Slovenia’s Peter Prevc finished first at Garmisch-Partenkirchen to take the lead in the overall standings.
Norway’s Kenneth Gangnes came in second, ahead of Germany’s Severin Freund (above, left), whose jumps of 133.5 and 132.5 meters meant he had to settle for third place with 256.8 points on the day.
“Of course I would have like to have held onto the (overall) lead,” Freund said afterwards. “But I can live with a third-place finish. It was by far my best performance at Garmisch, a very good result.”
Freund stressed that he had by no means given up on his goal of winning the overall title.
“There are two exciting hills ahead of us; a lot can still happen,” he said.
With his victory at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Prevc also added to his lead in the World Cup standings, with 572.6 points, compared to 564 for Freund, the defending champion, who is in second place.