COC: Home win for Lukas Hlava
The Czech team had a perfect start of the Continental Cup weekend in Frenstat pod Radhostem. Lukas Hlava secured a home win there on Friday afternoon.
The 31-year-old veteran showed jumps of 99 m and 96 m on the HS 106 hill and achieved his third win in this competition series with a total of 243.8 points. The last time Hlava stood on top of the podium was in February 2009 in Zakopane. "I'm very happy that I could win here today and I also want to mention the excellent organizer. It is really a great home competition for us. But I'm not satisfied with my jumps, because in training I was jumping even better", told the happy winner.
The second place went to Sebastian Colloredo, who jumped on 98 m in both rounds and scored 240.7 points. With this second place the Italian equalled his career-best result in the COC, that he achieved almost exactly a year ago also in Frenstat. "The second place is a very good result. I was able to repeat my result from last year and tomorrow I want to be better than Lukas."
Aleksander Zniszczol of Poland came in third with 96 m and 97.5 m and 237.8 points, he was followed by Ernest Prislic of Slovenia and Austria's Stefan Huber, who tied for fourth with 235.2 points. "I hardly remember my last podium finish in the Continental Cup and so I'm very happy. My jumps were really good", said Zniszczol.
Pius Paschke was the best German in this close competition in sixth. Maximilian Steiner of Austria, who was en route to the podium in third after the first round, came in seventh.
Former 4-Hills-Tournament and overall World Cup winner Jakub Janda was the second best jumper of the hosting team, for which especially the experienced athletes achieved the good results today.
Rok Justin of Slovenia, only 18th after the first round, showed the longest jump of the day in the final with 102 m and moved up to ninth with this performance.
Even if he didn't take part in the last three competitions, Peter Prevc (SLO) is still leading the overall ranking with the 200 points he scored in Kranj. Jan Ziobro (166 points) and Sebastian Colloredo (147 points) follow in second and third.