COC: First win for Thomas Hofer
The second competition of the Continental Cup weekend on the Olympic hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) ended with a win of Thomas Hofer.
The 19-year-old Austrian, who already came in on a career-best second place in the COC on Saturday, was able to further improve this result on Sunday. He took his first win with consistently strong jumps on 133.5 m and 133 m and 265.4 points.
"I'm more than happy about this success. My shape is consistent and very good and I had high goals for these competitions, but I didn't expect that it would be enough to win. Today everything worked out great. My big goal for the season are the Junior World Championships in Rasnov. I want to win a medal there in February", told the winner.
After the first round Dawid Kubacki was in the lead with his jump on 129 m, but although he jumped on 133.5 m in the final this was not enough to win for Pole, who came in second only 0.5 points behind Hofer.
Tomas Vancura of the Czech Republic showed jumps on 134 m and 132 m and finished third with his total of 260.4 points. Behind the 19-year-old his teammate Cestmir Kozisek completed the top result for the Czech team in fourth.
Tim Fuchs was the best of German jumpers in fifth, followed by Tomaz Naglic, the best Slovene, in sixth.
Behind Markus Schiffner of Austria, US American Nick Alexander, who started competing again about a month ago after he suffered a serious knee injury in a fall at the World Championships in Falun, achieved his best COC result in about two years with an eighth place.
The Top 10 on Sunday were completed by two Germans. Martin Hamann, who posted the longest jump of the day with 139 m in the first round, and David Siegel, the winner of the first competition this weekend.
Even though they were not competing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Tilen Bartol of Slovenia (346 points), Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway (310 points) and Germany's Karl Geiger (305 points) still are the Top 3 in the overall ranking of the COC.