COC-M: Double victory for Austria
As a replacement for the Continental Cup that was canceled in Planica (SLO) early February, two competition will be held this week on the normal hill in Seefeld (AUT). In the first competition on Thursday the two veterans Wolfgang Loitzl and Manuel Fettner took a double victory for Austria.
With the longest jump of the day on 108.5 m Wolfgang Loitzl already took the lead after the first round. The former 4-Hills-Tournament winner then also had the best jump in the final with 104.5 m and won with a total of 259.8 points.
"After three weeks without a competition, I'm happy that we can jump here in Seefeld. I could improve my performance and it was a great competition", said Loitzl, who was also training in Seefeld last week.
His teammate Manuel Fettner, fourth after the first round with 102.5 m, secured his place on the podium with a second jump on 101.5 m. He finished second with 253.0 points. "I'm very satisfied with my performance, the competition was on a high level. I was attacking in the second round and it worked, so I could move up to second", told Fettner.
The third place went to Ole Marius Ingvaldsen of Norway with jumps on 106 m and 100 m that earned him 250.9 points. "It was a good competition. The hill is now for me and I like it a lot."
Danny Queck of Germany had a strong first jump and was second after the first half of the competition, close behind Loitzl. In the final round he landed at 101 m and came in fourth, only 0.4 points behind Ingvaldsen.
Finland's Lauri Asikainen was fifth and confirmed his consistent performances of the last competitions. In his first competition since he missed to qualify for the Olympics, Tom Hilde of Norway came in sixth.
For the Slovenes, who achieved outstanding team results recently, it didn't go that well in Seefeld. Nejc Dezman moved up from 19th to seventh with the second-best jump in the final round and was by far their best.
Behind the best Pole, Klemens Muranka, in eighth, two more Austrians, Elias Tollinger (9th) and Stefan Hayboeck (10th), could achieve a good result in front of their home crowd.
With 711 points Nejc Dezman is still the overall leader of the COC, followed by Manuel Fettner (623 points) and Karl Geiger (579 points), who failed to make the cut for the final after he won twice in Brotterode last weekend.