COC: Bartlomiej Klusek takes his first win
The first competition of the Continental Cup weekend in Brotterode, Germany, ended with a win of Poland's Bartlomiej Klusek.
Because the jury decided to cancel the final round after only four jumpers due to the strong wind, one jump on 114 m and 113.6 points were enough for the 23-year-old to take his first win in the COC.
The athletes on the second and third place could also celebrate their career-best results today. Daniel Huber of Austria finished second, only 0.5 points behind the winner, with a jump on 115.5 m.
Germany's Tim Heinrich, whose best result in the COC so far was a 17th place in Kuopio last August, posted a jump on 116.5 m and came in third with 109.9 points.
The fourth place went to Austrian Clemens Aigner, Krzysztof Mietus (5th) and Klemens Muranka (6th) secured a strong result for the Polish team. With Krzysztof Biegun in tenth a fourth Polish athlete finished in the Top 10 of this difficult competition.
Pius Paschke of Germany and Czech Cestmir Kozisek tied for seventh.
The by far longest jump of the day was shown by Joacim Oedegaard Bjoereng with 123.5 m, but because he fell, the Norwegian finished only ninth.
Diethart suffered severe fall
Former 4-Hills-Tournament winner Thomas Diethart suffered a severe fall in the training round right before the competition. The Austrian, who briefly lost his consciousness, was lucky and didn't suffer any serious injuries. According to his coach Andreas Mitter, he bruised his lung and kidney, but didn't sustain a spinal injury or fractures. The 24-year-old is currently in the hospital for medical observation.
In the overall ranking Clemens Aigner leads with his 707 points, followed by Karl Geiger (574 points) and Tom Hilde (558 points).