COC: Karl Geiger wins in Bischofshofen
After the trip to Japan last week, the Continental Cup is now back in Europe, where two competitions are held in Bischofshofen (AUT) this weekend.
At the traditional final venue of the 4-Hills-Tournament, Karl Geiger of Germany took the win on Saturday evening. With 133 m the athlete from Oberstdorf laid the foundation for this success already in the first round and with the longest jump of the day on 139 m in the final and 282.9 points he secured his second win this season. "I'm extremely happy. It had some really nice and easy jumps. I'm very happy, that it worked so well", told the winner.
Tom Hilde of Norway, who won one of the competitions in Sapporo last weekend, finished second with jumps on 130.5 m and 135 m and a total of 277.7 points. "I'm very satisfied with my jumps today, actually I've been jumping well for a while now. I still make small mistakes, but it's still flying. I'm really looking forward to what lies ahead", said Hilde.
A week after his World Cup debut in Zakopane Thomas Hofer achieved a top result for the hosts in third. The 20-year-old was sixth after the first round with 128.5 m, with 133 m in the final and 268.3 points he already achieved his third podium finish this year. "It was a great feeling to jump on a home hill, when there are so many people that you know. And to be on the podium was really nice."
Nick Alexander of the USA, after his first jump on 132.5 m second closely behind Karl Geiger, lost his spot on the podium in the second round with 131.5 m, but in fourth he could still celebrate his best result in three years.
The fifth place went to the best jumper of the Polish team, Bartlomiej Klusek, Italian Alex Insam came in sixth. This was a career-best performance for him.
Joacim Oedegaard Bjoereng was 17th after the first round and improved his result significantly in the final. He came in seventh, followed by his teammate Fredrik Bjerkeengen in eighth. The two best Slovenes, Andraz Pograjc and Tomaz Naglic, completed the Top 10 on the Paul-Ausserleitner-hill.
With this win Karl Geiger also took the lead in the overall ranking of the Continental Cup with 548 points. Tom Hilde (508 points) and Geiger's teammate David Siegel (459 points), who is competing in the World Cup in Sapporo this weekend, follow in second and third.