COC-M: First win for Tomas Vancura
Long weekend ahead for the athletes in the Continental Cup. A total of three competitions will be held in Sapporo, Japan. First was an event from the normal hill on Friday.
The win on the HS 100 went to Czech Tomas Vancura, who was not competing in the World Cup so far, but he presented himself in a good shape already in the Ski Flying World Championships last weekend. The 19-year-old from Liberec showed jumps on 95 m and 94 m and took his first ever win in the COC with 246.0 points.
"I'm happy about my first win. Under difficult weather conditions I was able to show two good jumps. Next week I will also be participating in the World Cup here", told the winner.
Markus Schiffner of Austria was close ahead of Vancura with 96 m in the first round, with 92 m in the final he could not defend this top position and finished second with a total of 243.0 points, his best result this season. Schiffner said: "My jumps were good and I'm happy about the second place. It was a difficult competition, so I'm very satisfied with this podium finish."
Also Slovenia's Jaka Hvala, tied for first with the Austrian after the first half of the competition, has not been better this winter than he was on Friday in Sapporo. He posted jumps on 95.5 m and 90 m and came in third with 240.5 points. "It's always nice to be on the podium. I'm satisfied with my jump, especially the first one was very good", said Hvala.
Markus Eisenbichler moved up from eighth to fourth in the second round and was the best German, best of the Norwegian team was Tom Hilde in fifth. With Masamitsu Ito in sixth, the hosts of Japan could achieve a strong result.
Martin Hamann of Germany was en route to the podium after he showed the longest jump of the day on 97.5 m in the first round, in the final he jumped 10 meters shorter and finished only seventh.
Swiss Kilian Peier moved up from 16th to eighth in the final, the ninth place went to Austrian Stefan Huber, his teammate Elias Tollinger and Espen Roee of Norway shared the tenth place.
David Siegel of Germany leads the overall ranking of the COC with 459 points, followed by Tilen Bartol (355 points) and Karl Geiger (342 points).