COC-M: Austrians ahead again

21 February 2014 11:52
The Top 6 in Seefeld
The Top 6 in Seefeld -

Like already on Thursday, two Austrians also stood on top of the podium of the second Continental Cup competition in Seefeld. Manuel Fettner won on Friday ahead of his teammate Manuel Poppinger.

Manuel Fettner, second the day before, showed the longest jump of the day with 111 m already in the first round and with his total of 271.5 points he celebrated a clear win on the Toni-Seelos-hill. "I'm very satisfied with my jumps on these two days. Of course winning today is great", said the 28-year-old, who already won three competitions in the COC this winter.

Manuel Poppinger, who was 33rd on Thursday and failed to qualify for the second round, could really improve his performance and finished second with 108 m and 102.5 m and 261.9 points. "Today I was finally able to show the good jumps I had in training also in the compettion, that way, ski jumping is fun."

Danny Queck of Germany posted two jumps on 106.5 m and took the third place with his 260.7 points. "I really enjoyed jumping on this hill. Like yesterday, it went very well for me. I had two great days in Seefeld", told Queck, who returns home with a fourth and third place.

Poppinger and Queck were fifth and sixht after the first round, at this point the Norwegians Robert Johansson and Andreas Stjernen were on target for the podium, but both could not defend their good positions. Andreas Stjernen came in fifth, behind Austrian Elias Tollinger, Robert Johansson finished 12th. 

The winner of the first competition in Seefeld, Wolfgang Loitzl, and Daniel Huber were sixth and eighth and completed the outstanding team result for the local heroes of Austria. 

Pius Paschke of Germany was seventh. Best Slovene was Rok Justin, who moved up from 14th to ninth in the second round, Lauri Asikainen of Finland also achieved a Top 10 result again. In tenth, he was not even four points behind the fourth-placed in this close competition.

Martin Koch and Tom Hilde, who was among the best in sixth on Thursday, failed to make the cut for the final round in 41st and 53rd. The same applies for Harri Olli, who was 56th. 

Bad luck for Austrian Christoph Stauder: He fell in the first round and was taken to the hospital with a suspected ligament injury.

With his 13th place on Friday, Nejc Dezman of Slovenia could defend his lead in the overall ranking of the COC with 731 points. He is followed by Manuel Fettner (723 points) and Karl Geiger (579 points).