COC: Norwegians dominate in Lillehammer
The Norwegian team dominated the Continental Cup competition on Saturday evening in front of the home crowd on the Lysgardsbakken and took the top three spots.
The best of the extremely strong hosts was Joacim Oedegaard Bjoereng. The 20-year-old won the first of two competitions in Lillehammer with 129 m and 122 m and 277.7 points. With this performance Bjoereng could take his second win in the COC, a bit over a year after his first victory in Wisla. "We have a great team and we push each other. Right after my second jump I wasn't sure that I would win, but I had the feeling that the conditions were not on my side. It was a great day for the team", said Bjoereng.
Halvor Egner Granerud, fourth after the first round with 129.5 m, secured his second place with a jump of 126 m in the final and a total of 270.7 points. "I'm not really satisfied with my first jump, the second one was better. Now I'm ready for tomorrow."
The third place went to Robert Johansson, who also took his place on the pdoium with a strong second jump (129.5 m and 130 m; 269.2 points). "I have been jumping well all summer, but it's also important to achieve good results. We have a great team, we push each other every day", said Johansson.
Behind Slovenia's Tilen Bartol, who was not able to defend his second place after the first half of the competition in the second round and came in fourth, Tom Hilde completed the outstanding result of the Norwegian team in fifth.
Markus Eisenbichler finished sixth and was the best of the Germans, followed by Slovenia's Domen Prevc (7th) and his teammate Martin Hamann (8th).
Best Austrian was Maximilian Steiner in ninth, ahead of the best Pole Jan Ziobro (10th), who was en route to the podium in third after the first round with the longest jump of the day on 132 m.
Aleksander Zniszczol of Poland leads the overall ranking of the COC with 238 points, Peter Prevc (200 points) and Lukas Hlava (198 points) follow in second and third.