Locals convincing in the first World Cup sprint
After Schmid and Filzwieser/Draxl have already picked up their first medals in the classic distance on Friday, now their run of success continued at the home World Cup of the Austrians. While Schmid souvereignly took the third place behind the towering Nejc Znidarcic (SLO) and Richard Hala (CZE), Filzwieser/Draxl were able to secure their first ever World Cup victory in a thrilling final against Nies/Pesch (GER) and Brücker/Weber (GER). After the Swiss dominance in the Classic on Friday, Alice Schmitt (FRA) took her chance today to win in front of Costanza Bonaccorsi (ITA) and Chantal Abgottsponn (SUI).
In C1 Weber (GER) confirmed his good shape and distanced Tomislav Lepan (CRO) and Louis Lapointe (FRA) by as much as two seconds. The French team celebrated a double victory in the women's C1. Marjolaine Hecquet (FRA) won ahead of Claire Haab (FRA) und Marlene Ricciardi (ITA).
Tomorrow the athletes will compete the third of four World Cup races, also on the Saalach, before they will travel to Vienna for the final station of the World Cup this year.
Official results: http://www.alge-tirol.info/event.php?eventid=244
(written by Stephan Brodicky)