Stefan Hula, Jernej Damjan, Manuel Poppinger - FIS
Jernej Damjan won this winter's first Continental Cup competition in Rena ahead of Stefan Hula of Poland and Austrian Manuel Poppinger.
The Slovene, second in this year's FIS Grand Prix, was sixth after the first round with a jump on 106.5 m, the by far longest jump of the day on 111 m in the final then earned him the win with 261.1 points.
"I'm very happy about this win, since the start of the season was difficult for me. I hope I can show good performances also on the rest of the weekend. It's my first time in Rena and I really like it here", told the winner.
Also Stefan Hula, fourth after the first round, captured his spot on the podium with a strong second jump and a total of 259.6 points (106.5 m and 106 m). "I'm happy about the second place today, now I want to show more good jumps here in Rena. I like this hill and I'm looking forward to jumping on the large hill."
With jumps on 109.5 m and 103 m (258.0 points) Manuel Poppinger came in third in this close competition. He was followed by three of his teammates: Michael Hayboeck (4th), leader after the first round, Christoph Stauder (5th) and Thomas Diethart (6th). "This is a brilliant result for me. The team effort was great and I hope it will continue like that here in Rena", said Poppinger.
Best of the Norwegian local heroes was 18-year-old Johann Andre Forfang in seventh. The eighth place went to German veteran Martin Schmitt, who wants to get in his best shape right on time for the 4-Hills-Tournament and is still fighting to earn his spot on the German team for the Olympics.
Behind Norwegian Sigmund Nymoen Soeberg (9th), the tenth place went to young Slovene Anze Lanisek, who could hope for a podium result when he was third after the first round.