COC: Double victory for Slovenia
The hosts could celebrate yet another home victory in the Continental Cup in Planica (SLO) on Sunday. Tilen Bartol and Bor Pavlovcic even secured a 1-2 finish for Slovenia.
Tilen Bartol, who missed to qualify for the final round on Saturday in 41st, won the competition with two jumps of 138 m and 274.3 points. It was his third win in the Continental Cup, he took the first two already in December 2015 in Rena (NOR). "The conditions were great today. Not much wind, sunshine, perfect for Ski Jumping. Both of my jumps were quite good today, I don’t know what happened yesterday when my first jump was really, really bad. I’m really happy with today’s result", said Tilen Bartol.
The winner of this weekend's first competition, Bor Pavlovcic, proved once again that he can do really well on his home hill and finished second this time with 135 m and 139.5 m and a total of 268.6 points. "I think my jumps were even better than yesterday. It’s my best weekend in the Continental Cup so far", said Pavlovcic.
The third place in this high-level competition with lots of jumps around the hill size mark of 139 m went to Constantin Schmid of Germany. The 17-year-old was sixth after his first jump of 137 m, with 136.5 m and 257.4 points the bronze medalist of this year's Junior World Championships achieved his first podium result in the COC. Of course the young German was happy about this performance: "Yesterday my jumps were pretty good and I had only a few things to improve and I did that today. I’m really satisfied with this result."
The Junior World Champion Viktor Polasek, who finished third on Saturday came in fourth today. The Czech missed the Top 3 by only 0.7 points. Florian Altenburger was fifth and the best of the Austrians today.
Nejc Dezman of Slovenia moved up from 21st to sixth with a great final jump of 139 m. The once again strong team result of Slovenia was completed by Rok Tarman, who was ninth, behind Thomas Lackner of Austria and Germany's Felix Hoffmann.
With Joakim Aune in tenth the best Norwegian also made the Top 10. Like on Saturday, Austria's Daniel Huber (11th) could again show the longest jump of the day. With 142 m in the second round he equalled the official hill record held by Peter Prevc.
The two Slovenes Nejc Dezman (786 points) and Miran Zupancic (747 points) still lead the overall ranking of the COC ahead of Norway's Joakim Aune (567 points).
The athletes in the Continental Cup now take a long trip across the pond for the next two competitions on February 25th and 26th in Iron Mountain (USA).