COC-M: Phillip Aschenwald claims his next victory
Philipp Aschenwald remains the currently strongest ski jumper in the Continental Cup. The Austrian won twice on the Midtstubakken in Oslo (NOR) and finished on the podium in the last seven competitions.
On Sunday, the 22-year-old Tyrolean showed jumps of 103.5 m and 105.5 m and took his fifth win this season with a total of 263.3 points. "I am really happy today, my second jump was great. I am satisfied with this weekend, and the tactics of making two good jumps seemed to work. I really like Oslo and this hill, it´s a great city and it was a nice competition", said the winner.
The weekend in Oslo was very successful not only for Aschenwald, but also for the team of the German Ski Association. The German athletes finished on the places four to six on Saturday and on Sunday two of them made it to the podium.
David Siegel came in second with 104.5 m and 103.5 m and 255.2 points and achieved his first Top 3 result of the summer. "Today I felt really good and I had two nice jumps. The weather was okay, Oslo is a nice city and I really enjoyed the weekend", said David Siegel.
His teammate Moritz Baer also moved up one place compared to yesterday's competitions and was third with 101 m and 100 m (242.6 points). For him, this was the first podium finish of his career in the COC. "This is my first Continental Cup podium so I am very happy! I am satisfied with my two jumps. The conditions were fair, although sometimes it was a bit difficult", said the German.
Only 0.3 points behind the German, Zak Mogel of Slovenia came in fourth, the fifth place went to Norwegian Andreas Stjernen. The 30-year-old showed the longest jump of the day in the first round with 106.5 m and had a close lead over Aschenwald and Siegel, but he could not defend this position with a 97 m jump in the final.
In partly changing wind conditions, that also lead to various changes of the start gate, Aleksander Zniszczol was the best of the Polish team in sixth. Stefan Huber of Austria finished seventh, followed by the two Norwegians Fredrik Bjerkeengen and Joacim Oedegaard Bjoereng. Felix Hoffmann was tenth and the third German in the Top 10 today.
With his total of 678 points, Philipp Aschenwald has a clear lead in the overall ranking of the Continental Cup. Kilian Peier, who did not compete in Oslo, is second with 350 points, Zak Mogel follows in third with 299 points.
The next two COC competitions are held in Zakopane (POL) on the upcoming weekend.