Brandner takes second COC-win in Kuusamo
Alexander Brandner of Austria won Saturday's Continental Cup competition in Kuusamo, Finland. Wolfgang Boesl who ranked third in yesterday's competition came in second today, 18.8 seconds behind the winner and Nicolas Martin of France claimed rank three, 26.7 second behind.
Weather conditions during the ski jumping were today better than Friday, so the jumping round could be held as planned. The win and the by far longest jump of the day went to Tobias Simon who jumped 145.5 metres (153.2 p.) on Kuusamo's HS 142 hill. With this result, Simon went out on the track a whopping 40 seconds before teammate Wolfgang Bösl who had jumped 138.5 metres (143.2 p.). Karl-August Tiirmaa from Estonia claimed the intermediate third position, 55 seconds behind Simon with a jump of 137 metres (139.5 p.).
Winner Alexander Brandner took a fifth position after the jumping event and had to make up 1 minute and five seconds on Simon. "The jump was amazing for me. I was struggling at the hill first for a long time and then got better and better. Now the jump was my best, so I´m very happy. The race was also really good and I have to say thanks for the service guys. I had amazing skis and I really enjoyed this race", Brandner concluded after his first ever COC victory.
In the race, the Austrian skied the third-fastest time and managed to improve his position to the very top of the podium. Wolfgang Bösl held onto the second rank, gaining points on overall COC leader Tomaz Druml again who finished sixth with the fastest cross-country time of the day with 26:37.1.
For the overall standings, this now means that Druml is still in the lead with 648 points and Bösl is following with 599, giving the Austrian a bit of a fight for the last competition of the season today. Lukas Greiderer ranks third with 520 points.