COC: David Siegel takes a clear win
After a break last weekend, the fight for wins and points in the Continental Cup is now on again. The competitions this weekend are held on the Olympic hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where Peter Prevc laid the foundation for his 4-Hills victory nine days ago.
"I feel I'm in a great shape and I'm totally happy and proud that I could win this COC. Thanks a lot to the organizers, who did a great job in hosting this competition", said David Siegel.
The win the first competition of the weekend on Saturday went to David Siegel. The 19-year-old German, who finished on a very good 16th place in his World Cup debut in the New Year's event on this hill, showed jumps on 137.5 m and 136.5 m that earned him a total of 282.4 points.
Austria's Thomas Hofer came in second with 138.5 m and 135 m and 269.5 points. For the 19-year-old of the ski club Innsbruck-Bergisel, this was the by far best result in the Continental Cup.
Tom Hilde of Norway, fifth after the first round with 136 m, jumped on the same distance again in the final and could move up to third with his total of 266.8 points.
Only 17-year-old Slovene Bor Pavlovcic was en route to the podium after the first round in his third appearance in the COC, but he was not able to defend the third place in the final. At the end he missed the podium by 2.8 points and came in fourth, but this was still the best performance of his career so far.
Dawid Kubacki of Poland moved up from ninth to fifth in the second round, the sixth place went to Slovenia's Tomaz Naglic. Germany's Martin Hamann was seventh and finished in the Top 10 of a COC competition for the first time, he was followed by Clemens Aigner of Austria and Czech Tomas Vancura.
World Champion Rune Velta showed significant improvement compared to the last Continental Cup late December in Engelberg. After he was only 43rd and 45th in Switzerland, the 26-year-old Norwegian finished on a good tenth place today.
Slovenia's Tilen Bartol still leads the overall ranking of the COC with 346 points, followed by Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway (310 points) and Germany's Karl Geiger (305 points).