COC: Victory for Tom Hilde
After the disqualification on Sunday, the second day of competition in Engelberg went a lot better for Tom Hilde.
The Norwegian showed the longest jump in both rounds with 132.5 m and 138.5 m and with 298.9 points, the 28-year-old, who has already won three times in the World Cup, now took his second win in the Continental Cup. He also won in Engelberg exactly a year ago.
"For me the days here were full of ups and downs. In training yesterday I was probably showing my best jumps this winter, then I was extremely disappointed when my suit wasn't okay. Of course the situation was not easy. Now I'm very proud of my performance today. What happened yesterday was behind me and finally I was jumping well", said Tom Hilde.
The winner of the first competition on the Titlis-hill , Clemens Aigner of Austria, finished second on Monday with 128.5 m and 134.5 m and a total of 286.4 points.
Andrzej Stekala of Poland, eighth on the day before, was fifth after his first jump on 127.5 m. The 20-year-old then earned his place on the podium with a final jump on 134.5 m and 284.3 points.
Stekala's teammate Dawid Kubacki followed in fourth and could not repeat his podium finish from Sunday's event. Best Slovene in this competition was Andraz Pograjc, who moved up from eleventh to fifth with a strong jump in the second round.
Besides Clemens Aigner, Florian Altenburger, Elias Tollinger and Philipp Aschenwald provided an again very good team result for Austria in sixth, seventh and tenth. Cene Prevc of Slovenia came in eighth, the ninth place went to local hero Luca Egloff, who showed yet another very good performance after he was fourth on Sunday.
Like already in the first competition in Engelberg, Rune Velta could again not qualify for the final round of the best 30 athletes. The 26-year-old reigning normal hill World Champion finished only 43rd and 45 on the two days in Switzerland.
After seven competitions this winter, Tilen Bartol still leads the overall ranking with his total of 346 points. Like Halvor Egner Granerud (310 points) and Karl Geiger (305 points), who follow in second and third, the Slovene is currently competing in the 4-Hills-Tournament.