The first of the two competitions on the newly renovated hill in Erzurum, Turkey, began at 13:00 CET. Due to security concerns, the Junior World Championships and the Universiade, many of the big nations, such as Austria, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Poland were not present at the Continental Cup. Thus there were only 28 competitors from ten countries.
The competition was won by Slovenia’s Nejc Dežman, who was also in the lead after the first round. With a jumps of 137,5 and 143 meters and 269,7 points, he secured himself his first victory of this season. Following him in the second place was another Slovenian, Jaka Hvala, with the jumps of 133,5 and 141 meters and 269,3 points. Third place went Sebastian Colloredo with jumps of 132 and 137 meters and 253 points.
Following the top three were another three Slovenians – Matjaž Pungertar in fourth, Miran Zupančič in fifth and Rok Justin in sixth place. Contributing to the impressive team success was also the 16 year old Timi Zajc in tenth place.
The best of the Finns, who are still in the search of their form, was Lauri Asikainen in seventh place, followed by Janne Korhonen in ninth place. Antti Aalto, who performed poorly in the first round and placed last with a jump of 83 meters, jumped better in the second round and ended up in 25th place.
Out of the three Russians that competed in Erzerum, Egor Usachev performed the best – he placed eight. The other two, Nikita Sykchin and Artem Utev were 21st and 26th respectively.
The sole French competitor was Thomas Roch Dupland in 11th place.
The home nation Turkey, represented by six ski jumpers, had their best competitor, Fatih Arda Ipcioglu in 12th place – this was also his career best result. The others placed in 17th, 18th, 19th and 27th place. The only disqualification of the competition, due to an illegal suit, also came from the Turkish team.
The best Estonian was Artti Aigro in 13th place and joining him in 24th place was Kevin Maltsev.
The two Kazakhs, Nikolay Karpenko and Alexey Korolev placed 14th and 23rd.
Besides Colloredo, Italians were also represented by Federico Cecon in 15th and Roberto Dellasega in 20th place.
The only American, Nicholas Mattoon ended up in 16th place. Ukraine as well only had one representative, Vitaliy Kalinichenko, who placed 22nd.
Miran Zupančič still leads the overall rankings of the Continental Cup with 545 points. He is followed by Clemens Aigner, this weekend’s absentee and Nejc Dežman. Tomorrow is the second and the last competition in Erzerum. Will it be another day of Slovenian domination or will Coloredo come out on top?