COC: Tom Hilde wins in Sapporo
After the first competition on the normal hill on Friday, the second competition of the Continental Cup in Sapporo was held on the large hill. The win went to Norway's Tom Hilde.
The 28-year-old was ten points behind the top in third with his first jump on 127 m and took his second win in this COC season with the longest jump of the day on 132.5 m and a total of 267.6 points. "I am extremely happy with my jumping. It is usually difficult to jump in Japan, but today we had perfect conditions", said Tom Hilde.
After his third place on Friday, Jaka Hvala of Slovenia confirmed his good shape in Japan and finished second this time with jumps on 130 m and 129.5 m and 266.1 points. "I am happy to be on the podium again. This weekend was good for me so far and I want to show good jumps again tomorrow", he told.
The leader after the first round, Lukas Hlava of the Czech Republic, came in third overall with 132.5 m and 126 m (264.8 points). For the 31-year-old this was a clear improvement compared to his 48th place in the first competition in Sapporo. The hill and the weather were perfect and I am really happy with the jumps. My jumps are getting better, and I hope for good results in the World Cup next weekend."
The fourth place went to Austrian Daniel Huber, who is competing in the COC again here in Sapporo for the first time in almost a year after a long break due to a serious knee injury.
Best jumper of the German team was Martin Hamann in fifth, Elias Tollinger of Austria was sixth. Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway moved up from 16th to seven in the final round.
Tomas Vancura, the winner of Friday's competition, came in eighth this time. Florian Altenburger in ninth and Karl Geiger and Markus Eisenbichler in tenth and eleventh completed the good results for the teams of Austria and Germany.
David Siegel, currently competing in the World Cup in Zakopane, could defend his overall lead in the COC with 459 points. Tom Hilde is now second with 392 points, followed by his teammate Halvor Egner Granerud (369 points).