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Vid Kralj, Alex Oberhofer and Anton Gruber Genetti (from left).

Junior World Cup: Premiere winner at the final in Umhausen

The challenging Grantau track in Umhausen provided a worthy setting for the final of the Junior World Cup in natural track tobogganing. In the men's single-seater there was a premiere winner on Sunday with Anton Gruber Genetti from Italy.

The 955 meter long Grantau track always writes special stories in tobogganing. On Sunday, Anton Gruber Genetti (ITA) surprised the competition with the best time in the first run. In the second run, the South Tyrolean's fifth-best running time was enough for his first victory, even if only by a narrow margin. In 2.29,26:0,02 minutes he was 0,41 seconds faster than his teammate Alex Oberhofer (ITA), while the Slovenian Vid Kralj came third (+355 seconds). His younger brother Ziga Kralj, who led the overall standings together with Oberhofer before the final, had to settle for fourth place. Both Oberhofer and Kralj showed nerves in the final, in the end Oberhofer beat Kralj (330) with 252 points, while Gruber Genetti (251) moved up to third place with the victory, ahead of Hannes Unterholzner (ITA/XNUMX).

In the women's single-seater, local hero Riccarda Ruetz (AUT) closed the bag, with the best time in both runs she celebrated her third win of the season in the fourth race (Winterleiten, Ulten and Umhausen) in 2.30,59:1,15 minutes, ahead of Sarah Schiller (GER/+2,12, 385 seconds) and Jenny Castiglioni (ITA/325). Ruetz also took victory in the overall ranking with 270 points, ahead of Castiglioni (400) and Schiller (170). With their fourth victory, a flawless World Cup season came to an end for Tobias Paur/Andreas Hofer (ITA) in the doubles on Saturday. The South Tyroleans also secured the overall ranking in the Junior World Cup for the first time with a maximum of XNUMX points, ahead of Viorel Andrej Deac/Cornel Alexandru Coca (XNUMX) from Romania. A total of six doubles teams took part in the Junior World Cup.

Anton Gruber Genetti (middle) secured victory.

The young sledders can now prepare in peace for the highlight of the season, the Junior World Championships are taking place from 9th to 11th. February in Winterleiten (AUT) on the program.

Junior World Cup Umhausen 2024

Top 3 single-seater men
1.Anton Gruber Genetti (ITA), 2.29,26:XNUMX minutes
2.Alex Oberhofer (ITA), +0,02 seconds
3.Vid Kralj (SLO), +0,41

Top 3 single-seater women
1.Riccarda Ruetz (AUT), 2.30,59:XNUMX minutes
2.Sarah Schiller (GER), +1,15 seconds
3.Jenny Castiglioni (ITA), +2,12

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