COC: First win this winter for Nejc Dezman
A total of four Continental Cup competitions will be held this weekend in Sapporo, two on the normal and two on the large hill. After the two wins of Rok Justin in Courchevel, Nejc Dezman prolonged the winning streak of the Slovenian team on Thursday.
The junior World Champion of 2012 took his first win this winter with jumps on 96 m and 88 m and a total of 235.0 points. "The first jump was very good, also due to the good wind, the second one was not so good then. The overall result is great and I'm happy and satisfied with it", told the Slovene.
Danny Queck of Germany, after 87.5 m only 18th after the first round, showed the best performance in the final round with 96.5 m and moved up to second (231.5 points). "The weather was very nice today. In the second round I also had some luck with the conditions. I want to continue showing good jumps this weekend."
The German shared this place with Swiss Gregor Deschwanden who also scored 231.5 points with the longest jump of the day on 99 m and 87.5 m in the final. "I'm always lucky here in Sapporo, last year I won in Okura. If I would have landed better in the first round or jumped better in the second, the result could have been even better for me."
Simen Key Grimsrud, the best of the Norwegians, moved up from 13th to fourth in the final round and missed the podium by only 0.5 points.
Pius Paschko of Germany came in fifth, followed by the best athlete of the hosting team of Japan, Shusaku Hosoyama (6th). David Unterberger was the best Austrian in seventh.
Finland's Sami Niemi was in the lead after the first round with 98.5 m on the HS 100 in Sapporo. With only 83.5 m in the final the 22-year-old finished eighth and shared this place with his teammate Sami Heiskanen.
The Top 10 were completed by Poland's Jakub Kot, who moved up from 29th to tenth with a strong jump on 96.5 m in the second round.
The overall ranking of the COC is still lead by the three Austrians Manuel Poppinger (354 points), Michael Hayboeck (350 points) and Manuel Fettner (320 points).