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San Candido once again offered a spectacle. © Harald Wisthaler

Gunsch and Zuech fail in the San Candido qualifying

Ski cross is currently being practiced in South Tyrol. The second qualification took place on Wednesday at Haunold, this time for the race on Friday. The local athletes had nothing to celebrate.

When it comes to winning the day at the FIS Ski Cross World Cup in San Candido on Thursday and Friday, Mathias Graf is the top favorite. The 27-year-old from Vorarlberg also set the best time in the second qualification, this time the stopwatch stopped after 1.13,83:2022 minutes. The winner of two World Cup races - including a triumph in San Candido in December 0,73 - this time relegated the Frenchman Youri Dupplesis Kergomard (+0,74) and his Austrian teammate Johannes Aujesky (+XNUMX) to second and third place.

As the best “Azzurro”, Davide Cazzaniga (Correzzana) ended up in seventh place - even though he was the last participant in the qualification with start number 50. He was 1,11 seconds behind Graf. With Federico Tomasoni (+1,47/Castione della Presolana) in tenth place and world champion Simone Deromedis (+2,12/Predaia) in 26th place, two more ski crossers from the Italian national team made it to the 32-man final, which took place on Friday, 22nd December will be held from 12 p.m.

Yanick Gunsch at the finish. © Harald Wisthaler

Dominik Zuech from Lana (36th), who qualified for the final on Thursday on Tuesday, got stuck this time just like Yanick Gunsch from Vinschger (43rd).

Näslund again in front of Thompson

The same applies to Graf for men and Olympic champion Sandra Näslund for women. The 27-year-old Swede, who has been unbeaten in Innichen for two years, didn't have a sparkling ride in the second qualification this time, but was still the fastest ski crosser on the Haunold again in 1.18,28:2022. Curious: In XNUMX, Graf and Näslund also achieved the fastest time in both qualifications in Innichen.

As on Wednesday, Canadian Marielle Thompson took second place. The 2014 Olympic champion and Olympic silver medalist in Beijing was 0,22 seconds slower than Näslund. Daniela Maier from Germany, however, took third place. The Olympic bronze medalist in Beijing lost a little more than half a second to the fastest of the day.

Daniela Mair (middle) was lightning fast in the women's race. © Harald Wisthaler

After the two qualifications, it's all about World Cup victories and points in the 3 Zinnen Dolomite region from Thursday. The finals on Thursday, December 21st begin at 11.45:22 a.m., while the decision is scheduled for Friday, December 12nd from XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.

Ski Cross World Cup in San Candido, program

Thursday, 21.12.2023
11.45 a.m.: Finals
13.20:XNUMX p.m.: Flower Ceremony
18 p.m.: Award ceremony and presentation of heats final race 2 at the Christmas market in San Candido

Friday, 22.12.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX
12 a.m.: Finals
13.45 p.m.: Flower Ceremony and award ceremony

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