Anze Semenic celebrates first win in the GP
Anze Semenic of Slovenia won the second competition of the FIS Grand Prix 2016 in Chaikovsky (RUS). 271.2 points with jumps of 143 m and 134 m earned Semenic a clear lead ahead of the two Czech youngster Tomas Vancura (138 m and 133 m; 263.6 points) and Vojtech Stursa (134.5 m and 133.5 m; 259.8 points).
After his second place on the day before, Semenic is now the "Man of the Weekend", nobody reckoned with him and now he will return home as the big winner of the weekend in Chaikovsky. "I really didn't expect this, I'm surprised by this win today. But I had two very good jumps and now I'm very happy. Before the final jump I was a bit nervous, because it was the first time I was in the lead in a Grand Prix. I just wanted to do my best and fortunately it was enough", said the 23-year-old of the club NSK Trzic.
Youngster Tomas Vancura of the Czech Republic stood on the podium for the first time, and many saw that coming. Vancura got better and better during this summer and a day after his birthday, the 20-year-old now achieved his first big success. "It's very special for me to be on the podium here, it's a career-best for me. I'm more than happy. It's great that a teammate is on the podium with me. Our success is largely due to our coach Richard Schallert", Vancura said.
While Vancura's success was expected, the podium result for Stursa came as a surprise. "A dream came true for me today. Yesterday I scored points for the first time and today I was on the podium, this is amazing. This is the result of our hard work, it starts to pay off. Now I hope that I can also take part in the final competitions of the summer in Hinzenbach and Klingenthal", Stursa explained after the competition.
Besides the Czech, also the Slovenes showed yet another convincing performance. And that, although yesterday's winner Robert Kranjec, on a promising second place after the first round, had no chance to fight for the win with bad conditions in the final. But still Kranjec came in sixth and Jaka Hvala was fourth and Nejc Dezman eighth. The Slovenes really have the best team this summer and with today's result they also took the lead in the Nation's Cup of the Grand Prix.
Clemens Aigner in fifth and Markus Schiffner came in among the Top 10 for Austria, a good result of the B-team of coach Florian Liegl. Swiss Kilian Peier, who was a one-man-team in Russia with coach Bernie Schoedler, confirmed his positive trend in ninth.
Once again Taku Takeuchi was the best of the Japanese, this time in seventh. But Takeuchi was not satisfied with this result. The Japanese is in a lot better shape than what his results in Chaikovsky show. At least Takeuchi is third in the Grand Prix overall ranking after today's competition. Junshiro Kobayashi and last year's GP winner Kento Sakuyama in 11th and 17th did a good job today.
With his 16th place, Karl Geiger, who was third on Saturday, could not repeat this top result. He was the best of the Germans, but with difficult conditions and not very good jumps it was not possible for him to achieve a Top 10 result today.
Before the final two competitions in Hinzenbach (AUT) and Klingenthal (GER), Poland's Maciej Kot leads the overall ranking with 380 points, followed by Andreas Wellinger (GER; 285 points) and Taku Takeuchi (JPN; 266 points).
The last competitions of the season will take place on Oktober 1st (Hinzenbach) and 2nd (Klingenthal).