COC-M: Philipp Aschenwald unbeatable
Philipp Aschenwald of Austria proved his currently outstanding shape also in the first of two Continental Cup competitions on the Midtstubakken in Oslo (NOR).
The 22-year-old of the Ski Club Maierhofen showed the best performance in both rounds with his jumps of 106 m and 104 m and took a more than clear win with 263.4 points. For Philipp Aschenwald, this was the fourth win this summer and already his sixth podium finish in a row. "The conditions were a little bit windy, but I think worked really well for all of us. I am really satisfied with my result today. I didn’t look at what the others do today, I just focused on myself and wanted to make good jumps. Gladly, it worked."
Zak Mogel of Slovenia, with 104 m fourth after the first round, came in second behind the dominant Austrian with 103.5 m in the final and 246.4 points. This is a career-best in the COC for the youngster from Ljubno, who stood on the podium for the first time mid-August when he was third in Wisla. "It was really awesome today! I am very proud of myself and I hope I will be able to repeat it tomorrow. The conditions were better for me in the second round, I think it was a bit difficult at the beginning. I am happy with my result", said the 17-year-old.
In his first appearance this summer, Andreas Stjernen finished third and was the best Norwegian in this home competition. The team Olympic champion from PyeongChang was only ninth at half-time of the event with a 96 m jump, he then secured the spot on the podium with the longest jump of the final round of 104.5 m and 240.9 points. "It was very nice to jump today, the conditions kept on improving – and all in all it was a very good competition. I didn't worry too much about the other competitors. It´s been a while since I have competed in a Continental Cup and this was my first international competition this year", said Andreas Stjernen.
The three Germans David Siegel (4th), Moritz Baer (5th) and Constantin Schmid (6th) came in right behind the podium, they were followed by the two Norwegians Andreas Granerud Buskum (7th) and Joacim Oedegaard Bjoereng (8th), who was en route to the podium in third after the first round and will probably not be completely satisfied with this result.
Behind Austria's Stefan Huber in ninth, local hero Thomas Aasen Markeng completed the Top 10 ahead of his teammates Oscar Westerheim and Marius Lindvik.
With today's win, Philipp Aschenwald further extended his lead in the overall ranking. With 578 points he is clearly ahead of Kilian Peier (350 points) and Zak Mogel (249 points).
The second competition in Oslo follows on Sunday at 12:15 pm CET.