COC: Jarkko Maeaettae celebrates home win
After two FIS Cups on Thursday and Friday, both won by Poland's Jan Ziobro, the first of two Continental Cup competitions was held in Kuopio on Saturday.
And local hero Jarkko Maeaettae ensured a perfect start of the weekend for the hosts. The 21-year-old was third after the first round with 127.5 m and took a clear win with the longest jump in the final on 130 m and a total of 240.6 points. This was his second win in the COC, the first time he stood on top of the podium was three years ago, also in Kuopio.
"It was a great competition and I had two really good jumps. Today the good training during this summer paid off for me. It's always nice to be in Kuopio and it's fun jumping here", Maeaettae said after the competition.
The Finn was followed by Maximilian Steiner, who was 13th after his first jump of 116 m and moved up to second with 123.5 m in the second round and 220.3 points. For the 20-year-old Austrian this was the by far best result of his career.
This also applies for young Japanese Yuken Iwasa, who showed two consistently strong jumps of 125 m and 123 m under a bit changing wind conditions on the famous Puijo hill, and finished on a great third place.
Best German on Saturday afternoon was Constantin Schmid. The only 16-year-old of the club WSV Oberaudorf, closely missed the podium in fourth, but he can be more than satisfied with this performance in his first appearance in the Continental Cup.
Slovenia's Aljaz Osterc came in fifth and also showed a convincing performance in his first ever COC competition. After his two wins in the FIS Cup on this hill, Jan Ziobro was sixth this time, followed by Italian Alex Insam, who moved up from 20th to seventh in the final.
Finland's Andreas Alamommo and Aleksander Zniszczol of Poland tied for eighth, Rok Justin of Slovenia completed the Top 10.
The longest jump of the day was shown by Austrian Daniel Huber with 134.5 m in the first round. He was not able to stand the jump and so his performance was only enough for the 12th place.
Peter Prevc, who won both competitions at the season opener in Kranj early July, remains in the lead of the overall ranking with 200 points, ahead of Robert Kranjec (120 points) and Jan Ziobro (116 points).