COC: Philipp Aschenwald the best again
Philipp Aschenwald of Austria was the outstanding athlete of the Continental Cup in Planica this weekend. After his win on Saturday, he could follow up on this performance on Sunday and took the top spot on the podium again.
The 20-year-old of Tyrol showed the longest jump of the day with 137.5 m already in the first round and secured his second win in a row with 133 m in the final with 276.0 points.
Markus Eisenbichler of Germany, with 129.5 m fifth after the first round, jumped half a meter longer than the winner in the final round and moved up to second with his total of 259.7 points.
Only 0.7 points behind Eisenbichler, the third place went to Aschenwald's teammate Clemens Aigner, who showed jumps on 132 m and 128 m.
Like on Saturday, Poland's Piotr Zyla was able to improve his result in the second round. He was eighth after the first half of the competition and repeated his fourth place from the day before at the end. With 258.4 points Zyla missed the podium closely again, on Saturday he also came in only 0.3 points behind the third.
Local hero Bor Pavlovcic of the skiclub ND Ratece Planica, 15th on Saturday, achieved a top result on his home hill this time in fifth. With Tomaz Naglic the sixth place went to Slovenia as well.
Alex Insam continues to establish himself among the best in the COC. With today's seventh place the Italian already achieved his fourth Top 10 finish in a row. Jakub Wolny of Poland came in eighth. With Thomas Hofer in ninth and Anze Semenic on the tenth place, three jumpers of Austria and Slovenia were in the Top 10 on Sunday morning.
Norway's Rune Velta again failed to make the cut for the second round, Jan Ziobro (POL) and Marinus Kraus (GER) also were among those jumpers, for whom the work day was already over again after the first jump.
Even though both were not competing in Planica, Karl Geiger (574 points) and Tom Hilde (558 points) remain in the lead in the overall ranking of the Continental Cup. Thomas Hofer is now third with 474 points, one point ahead of his teammate Clemens Aigner.