COC-M: Two Slovenes on top
Kuopio (FIN) is, after Kranj and Wisla, the third stop of the Continental Cup this summer. The first competition on the famous hill at the Puijo ended with a success for the strong Slovenian team.
Cene Prevc, who was on the podium in three of the four competitions recently, showed the best performance on Saturday evening and took his second win in the Continental Cup with 130.5 m and 122 m and 237.6 points.
Miran Zupancic scored a total of 227.9 points with his jumps on 123 m and 124.5 m and secured the double victory for the team of Slovenia in second.
Germany's Stephan Leyhe, sixth after his first jump on 122 m, improved his performance in the final and with 125 m he moved up to third overall (225.3 points). For the 22-year-old this was the first podium finish in the COC in a bit over a year, the third of his career.
Anze Semenic in fourth and Andraz Pograjc in sixth completed yet another great team result for the Slovenes in the so-called "second division" of ski jumping. Junior World Champion Jakub Wolny was the best Pole in fifth, his teammate Stefan Hula came in seventh.
Behind Danny Queck (GER) in eighth, also the young Germans Paul Winter and Tim Fuchs achieved Top 10 results. An especially remarkable performance as the 16- and 17-year-olds were competing in the COC for the first time.
Olli Muotka, who won two FIS Cup competitions on the last two days in Kuopio, was the best Finn today as well, but this time he came in only 15th.
With his win today Cene Prevc extended his lead in the overall ranking. With 383 points he now leads ahead of Miran Zupancic (263 points) and Peter Prevc (200 points).