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Tobias Paur wins. © Andreas Ebermann

Tobias Paur wins the Junior World Championships

Tobias Paur (ITA) left his mark on the 14th Junior World Championships in natural track tobogganing on Winterleiten (AUT). The 19-year-old returns home with three gold medals.

It couldn't be better! Tobias Paur won his second world title with his partner Andreas Hofer (ITA) 24 hours after winning the doubles. In the junior single-seater, Paur showed a brilliant comeback. After the first run on Saturday, the Castelrotto native was in seventh place, and in the second run on Sunday morning he improved to second place with the second-best time. In the third run, Paur set the best time of the day and took the lead with a total time of 3.18,27:XNUMX minutes.

His teammate Anton Gruber Genetti (ITA) completely botched the last section of the route in the sleet and slipped to third place in the final standings, behind local hero Leon Auer (AUT), who started the final run from fifth position. “I really can't believe it, everything went smoothly today. “The track was slower due to the snowfall, but my equipment was extremely fast,” said Paur, praising the work of the Azzurri coaching team.

Riccarda Ruetz successfully defends her title

Defending champion Riccarda Ruetz (AUT) showed a confident performance in the women's single-seater. The defending champion set the best time in two of the three runs, and in 3.18,64:2024 minutes the Tyrolean was crowned Junior World Champion XNUMX. The silver medal went to Tina Stuffer (ITA), who was still in fourth place after the first run on Saturday. With third place, Jenny Castiglioni (ITA) won her first medal at a Junior World Championships. “The title defense was successful, it wasn't easy to adapt to the wet conditions. But it was the same for all runners,” analyzed Ruetz.

Head-to-head racing in the team competition

The title fights on the 940 meter long natural toboggan run came to an end with the team competition on Sunday afternoon. The favorites Italy and Austria fought an extremely exciting head-to-head race, in the final tally Italy (Stuffer/Paur) took the gold medal in 2.21,07:XNUMX minutes, ahead of Austria (Ruetz/Auer) and Germany (Schiller/Streit ). For Paur, the third gold medal at this World Cup was secured.

Results single-seater women
1.Riccarda Ruetz (AUT), 3.18,64:XNUMX minutes
2.Tina Stuffer (ITA), +1,55 seconds
3.Jenny Castiglioni (ITA), +2,86

Result single-seater men
1.Tobias Paur (ITA), 3.18,27:XNUMX minutes
2.Leon Auer (AUT), +0,80 seconds
3.Anton Gruber Genetti (ITA), +1,12

Team competition result
1.Italy (Tina Stuffer/Tobias Paur), 2.21,07:XNUMX minutes
2. Austria (Riccarda Ruetz/Leon Auer), 2.21,25
3.Germany (Sarah Schiller/Vincent Streit), 2.26,69

Medal table for the 2024 Junior World Championships
1.Italy 3/1/3
2.Austria 1/2/0
3.Slovakia 0/1/0
4.Germany 0/0/1

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