COC: Triple win for Austria
The winning streak of the Austrians in the Continental Cup continued also in Engelberg. Manuel Fettner won the first competition in Switzerland ahead of his teammates Manuel Poppinger and Simon Greiderer.
Manuel Fettner was already in the lead after the first round with a jump on 132.5 m, 122.5 m in the final were then enough to defend his top position. With 269.1 points, the 28-year-old took his first win this winter.
"I simply like this hill. The second jump on 122.5 m was far from good, but I'm on the right track towards competing in the 4-Hills-Tournament in Innsbruck", told the winner.
Manuel Poppinger finished second with his jumps on 131 m and 126.5 m and a total of 267.0 points. "At the moment everything goes well", was the short and positive statement of the second-placed athlete.
Only 17-year-old Simon Greiderer, with 125.5 m only 13th after the first round, showed the longest jump of the day on 134.5 m in the final and moved up to third. A career-best for him in the COC. "I changed my position a bit in the second round and this paid off."
The fourth place went to Nejc Dezman of Slovenia, who moved up from tenth to fourth in the second round. Germany's Pius Paschke, who made his debut in the World Cup here last weekend, lost his third place of the first round with his second jump on 123.5 m and came in fifth.
The sixth place went to Borek Sedlak of the Czech Republic, followed by the best of the Polish team, Jakub Wolny, and Anze Lanisek of Slovenia, who both shared the seventh place. With Robert Hrgota (9th) and Bartlomiej Klusek (10th) also the remaining to places in the Top 10 went to Slovenia and Poland.
The first competition on the Gross-Titlis-hill didn't go as wished for the hosts. None of the twelve Swiss jumpers could qualify for the final round of the Top 30, their best was Marco Grigoli in 32nd.
Michael Hayboeck of Austria (350 points) and Slovenia's Jernej Damjan (320 points) are still leading the overall ranking. Manuel Poppinger follows in third with 254 points.