COC: Win for Anze Semenic
The men's Continental Cup continues this weekend in the Polish ski jumping center of Zakopane. The first competition on the Wielka Krokiew was won by Slovenia's Anze Semenic, followed by Daniel Wenig and Cene Prevc.
Anze Semenic was already in the lead after the first round with his jump on 126 m. With 128.5 m in the final and 276.4 points the 20-year-old then took his first win this winter. "Despite the warm weather, the hill is well prepared. I'm very satisfied with the competition and I enjoy jumping here in Zakopane."
Germany's Daniel Wenig showed the longest jump of the day with 135.5 m in the first round, but he had much better wind conditions than Semenic and so he was second behind the Slovene after the first half of the competition. He defended this second place with 125 m and 274.4 points. "I'm very happy about the result. It's not easy to prepare for competitions when it's warm and there are many cancelations."
With the two only 17-year-olds Cene Prevc, who posted two jumps on 125.5 m, and Anze Lanisek (126 m and 125 m) the third and fourth place went to Slovenia as well. Prevc in third came in only 3.7 points behind his teammate Semenic.
The fifth place went to Russian Mikhail Maksimochkin, who was taking part in a competition for the first time since his fall in Sochi where he sustained a rib injury.
Bjoern Einar Romoeren is back
Best Norwegian was Joachim Hauer in sixth, closely followed by his teammate Bjoern Einar Romoeren. For the former world record holder, the events in Zakopane are his first international competitions since he underwent back surgery in fall 2012. With this seventh place it was a successful comeback for the 32-year-old.
The Top 10 on Saturday were completed by Miran Zupancic of Slovenia, Germany's Maximilian Mechler and the best Austrian, Clemens Aigner.
Slovenia's Nejc Dezman still leads the overall ranking with 731 points, ahead of Manuel Fettner of Austria (723 points). Daniel Wenig is now third with 599 points.
The second competition in Zakopane follows on Sunday at 10:30 am CET.