COC: Austrians on top again
The Continental Cup weekend in Zakopane turned out to be a weekend of the Austrians. After their podium sweep on Saturday, two jumpers of Austria stood on top of the podium again on Sunday.
Under difficult conditions with changing wind at the Wielka Krokiew, Ulrich Wohlgenannt was able to repeat his success from the day before. The 21-year-old had the best jumps in both rounds with 123 m and 131 m and took a clear win with 302.1 points.
"This was a very important weekend for me. I was already jumping well before, but it seeems that now I made the breakthrough. The hill in Zakopane suits me well, I have been here three times and always took home a trophy. My jumps were really good and I hope it will continue like that for me", told the winner.
After his disqualification in the first competition of the weekend, Thomas Diethart finished second this time and achieved the by far best result in this, for him, difficult season with jumps on 127.5 m and 125 m and 289.1 points. "I'm working on my comeback step by step. I had two great jumps today and finally I achieved a very good result. We discovered a small detail in training and this helps me to jump more relaxed. This and the self confidence was important. I'm very happy about this second place and I hope that I can further improve my shape."
Jan Ziobro, with 123.5 m seventh after the first round, jumped on 131 m in the final round and took the podium finish for Poland in front of the home crowd in third with 280.8 points.
The fourth place in a competition, that became a real duel between Austria and Poland, went to the former Junior World Champion Jakub Wolny of Poland.
Behind Austrian Florian Altenburger in fifth, Clemens Aigner (AUT) and Bartlomiej Klusek (POL) tied for sixth. Markus Schiffner, yet another Austrian, came in eighth.
The only jumper in the Top 10 who is not from one of these two nations was Czech Lukas Hlava in ninth. He was followed by three more member of the Polish team with Krzysztof Biegun, Lukasz Podzorski and Przemyslaw Kantyka.
Germany's Karl Geiger still leads the overall ranking of the COC with 574 points, although he did not take part in the last four competitions. Clemens Aigner is second with 573 points. Tom Hilde, like Geiger currently competing in the ski flying World Cup in Vikersund, follows in third with 558 points.