Manuel Poppinger, Manuel Fettner, Simon Greiderer
The winning streak of the Austrians in the Continental
Cup continued also in Engelberg. Manuel Fettner
won the first competition in Switzerland ahead of
his teammates Manuel Poppinger and Simon Greiderer.
Manuel Fettner was already in the lead after the
first round with a jump on 132.5 m, 122.5 m in the
final were then enough to defend his top position.
With 269.1 points, the 28-year-old took his first
win this winter.
"I simply like this hill. The second jump on
122.5 m was far from good, but I'm on the right
track towards competing in the 4-Hills-Tournament
in Innsbruck", told the winner.
Manuel Poppinger finished second with his jumps
on 131 m and 126.5 m and a total of 267.0 points.
"At the moment everything goes well",
was the short and positive statement of the second-placed
Only 17-year-old Simon Greiderer, with 125.5 m only
13th after the first round, showed the longest jump
of the day on 134.5 m in the final and moved up
to third. A career-best for him in the COC. "I
changed my position a bit in the second round and
this paid off."
The fourth place went to Nejc Dezman of Slovenia,
who moved up from tenth to fourth in the second
round. Germany's Pius Paschke, who made his debut
in the World Cup here last weekend, lost his third
place of the first round with his second jump on
123.5 m and came in fifth.
The sixth place went to Borek Sedlak of the Czech
Republic, followed by the best of the Polish team,
Jakub Wolny, and Anze Lanisek of Slovenia, who both
shared the seventh place. With Robert Hrgota (9th)
and Bartlomiej Klusek (10th) also the remaining
to places in the Top 10 went to Slovenia and Poland.
The first competition on the Gross-Titlis-hill didn't
go as wished for the hosts. None of the twelve Swiss
jumpers could qualify for the final round of the
Top 30, their best was Marco Grigoli in 32nd.
Michael Hayboeck of Austria (350 points) and Slovenia's
Jernej Damjan (320 points) are still leading the
overall ranking. Manuel Poppinger follows in third
with 254 points.