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After the first round the top place belonged to Chech Viktor Polasek (135.0 m) who had just a 0.4 point advantage over the home athlete Bor Pavlovčič (133.5 m). Joakim Aune of Norway was third (129.5 m) trailing by 6.9 points after the leader.
With the best jump of the day, 137.0 meters, Pavlovčič managed to advance to the top and got his first victory in the Continental Cup. Aune’s great performance (135.5 m) took him to second place, while Polasek finished third (131.5 m).
The second competition in Planica starts tomorrow at 11.30 with the trial round. The first round will start at 12.45.
Quotes of the top 3 athletes:
The day went perfect. When I got up in the morning I felt really good and I said to myself that I’m going to show some good jumps today. Expectations for tomorrow maybe got a little bit higher but I still have to stay focused on my jumps because that is the only way I can jump good.
It went really good today. The inrun was good and it’s always nice to fly in Planica. I am really happy with the second place and I hope I can continue like this tomorrow.
I felt good today, the competition was nice. I came here with big expectations so it’s nice to finish on the podium. I hope to get another top 10 finish tomorrow but it would be nice to finish even higher than today.
It was a great first day of FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup competition in Planica. 62 athletes representing 15 nations had great conditions on the Bloudek giant hill and also a quite large encouragement from fans who visited the Nordic center Planica.