COC: Victory for Anze Semenic
The final of the Continental Cup in the winter 2014/15 takes place this weekend in Nizhniy Tagil. The win in the first competition in Russia on Saturday went to Anze Semenic.
The Slovene, who was already in the lead after the first round, took his sixth win in the COC, the second one this season, with jumps on 127.5 m and 131 m and 247.4 points. "The competition was hard, because it was a little bit windy, but for me it was quite good. I like jumping here in Nizhniy Tagil because there are a lot of spectators", said Semenic.
With two consistently strong jumps on 129 m and 129.5 m and 243.0 points, 19-year-old Pole Andrzej Stekala came in second and made it to the podium in the Continental Cup for the first time in his career. "It's my first time in Nizhniy Tagil and I like it here. The atmosphere is very good. I was jumping well and so I could achieve my best result so far", told Stekala.
The third place went to Daniel-Andre Tande of Norway, who jumped on 121.5 m and 133 m and scored a total of 235.3 points. Tande told after the competition: "The wind was a bit changing today, but all in all it was a fair and good competition and so it was fun to jump. The atmosphere was really good for a Continental Cup."
Best Russian was the former nordic combined athlete Evgeni Klimov in fourth, Dawid Kubacki and Aleksander Zniszczol, only 16th after the first round, completed the very good result for the Polish team in fifth and seventh. Between them, Stephan Leyhe of Germany finished sixth.
Norway's Tom Hilde moved up from 13th to eighth in the final round, Karl Geiger of Germany was ninth, followed by the two Austrians Simon Greiderer and Elias Tollinger.
Anze Semenic already took the overall title of the COC before the final competition on Sunday. The 21-year-old leads the overall ranking with 801 points, head of Kenneth Gangnes (638 points) and Germany's Andreas Wank (602 points).