Markus Schiffner wins COC premiere in Frenstat
This week a Continental Cup is held in Frenstat pod Radhostem (CZE) for the first time. The premiere on the facility, which was named after the Czech ski jumping legend Jiri Raska, was won by Markus Schiffner Friday afternoon.
The 22-year-old Austrian posted a jump on 100.5 m in the first round and was third after the first half of the competition. In the final he then jumped on exactly the same distance and won the event on the HS 106 with 240.3 points. This was the second time the athlete of the ski club in Hinzenbach stood on top of the podium in the COC, he took his first win about a year ago in Lillehammer.
Danny Queck of Germany came in only 0.2 points behind the winner. He showed the longest jump of the day with 103 m in the final and moved up from eighth to second with this performance.
The leader after the first round, Slovenia's Jure Sinkovec, could not defend this position with his second jump and finished third with a total of 239.8 points (101 m and 96.5 m), but still he will probably be more than satisfied. The 29-year-old was sidelined due to a knee injury for about two years and made his first competitions after this long break in July.
Behind Austrian Elias Tollinger in fourth, the places five to seven went to Jure Sinkovec' teammates Andraz Pograjc, Mitja Meznar and Ziga Mandl. Together with Anze Semenic, who came in ninth, the athletes of Slovenia achieved yet another outstanding team result in this competition series.
Konstantin Sokolenko of Kazakhstan surprised with his very good eighth place, which was a career best for him. Russia's Alexander Sardyko completed the Top 10.
With Cene Prevc (482 points), Miran Zupancic (343 points), who are both not competing in Frenstat, Andraz Pograjc (240 points) and Mitja Meznar (215 points), four Slovenes are currently leading the overall ranking of the Continental Cup.