David Siegel is Junior World Champion
Germany's David Siegel is the 2016 Ski Jumping Junior World Champion. In Rasnov, Romania, the 19-year-old achieved the biggest success of his career so far.
After the first round Siegel was third, only 0.5 points behind the leader, in the second round he then posted the longest jump on the HS 100 in Rasnov with 96.5 m and took a clear win ahead of top favorite Domen Prevc of Slovenia and Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi.
Siegel (95 m and 96.5 m; 249.0 points) finisehd four points ahead of Prevc (95 m and 95.5 m; 245.0 points) and Kobayashi (96.5 m and 94 m; 244.8 points).
So far Siegel qualified for the final round of a World Cup competition twice, he was 16th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and 17th in Sapporo 2016.
"I didn't expect that, especially if you strong athletes like Domen Prevc, who already showed such strong performances in the World Cup are competing. I knew that I'm in a good shape, but I didn't think that it would be enough to finish on top", Siegel said after win.
For Domen Prevc, younger brother of World Cup leader Peter Prevc, the second place was also a success. "I'm satisfied with the second place today. Unfortunately I was not able to show my best performance, but a second place in Junior World Championships is a great success for mi", Domen Prevc told.
It was a great effort of the organizers to prepare the hill for the competition under mild temperatures. A ladies' individual competition, a mixed and a team event will still take place during this WJC.