COC: Austrian sweep in Zakopane
The Continental Cup is making a stop in the Polish ski jumping mecca Zakopane this weekend. And the first competition on the Wielka Krokiew ended with a total success for the Austrian team.
Ulrich Wohlgenannt, with 131 m already the best in the first round, defended his leading position with 126.5 m in the final and took the first win of his career in the COC with a total of 255.2 points. Already about a year ago the 21-year-old achieved his then career-best result in Zakopane with a second place.
His teammate Philipp Aschenwald finished second with 124.5 m and 128.5 m and 244.7 points. With this performance the 20-year-old confirmed his great shape from last weekend, when he won both competitions in Planica.
Clemens Aigner showed jumps on 121 m and 123.5 m (236.2 points) and secured the sweep for his team in third.
The best athlete of the hosts was Klemens Muranka. With the longest jump in the second round on 131.5 m he managed to move up 13th to fourth. At the end he missed the podium by only 0.9 points.
Behind the Czech veteran Lukas Hlava in fifth, the sixth place went to Poland's Bartlomiej Klusek. The three Slovenes Anze Semenic, Tilen Bartol and Rok Justin landed on the places seven to nine. Elias Tollinger was tenth and so a fourth Austrian could celebrate a Top 10 result.
The competition ended on a less happy note for his teammate Thomas Diethart. The 2014 4-Hills-Tournament winner finished sixth, but was disqualified afterwards because his suit didn't meet the regulations.
In the overall ranking Karl Geiger is still in the lead with 574 points, followed by Tom Hilde (558 points) and Clemens Aigner (533 points).