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
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
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.