Avvakumova breaks the spell
Irina Avvakumova celebrated her first win in the World Cup in front of her home crowd in Chaikovsky, Russia and was the first to beat Sara Takanashi this season. The Japanese won all four competitions in this Olympic winter so far.
"I'm very happy about this win, it's a great success, especially here at home. There were many spectators and that helped me. It's an important success before the Olympic Games. Yesterday my first jump was not as good as the second one, today I knew what I wanted and it worked very well", the winner told after the competition.
With jumps on 100 m and 101.5 m Avvakumova reached a total of 249.2 points and won ahead of Carina Vogt of Germany, who repeated her second place from Friday with 101 m and 99.5 m (244.9 points). "I'm very happy. Being second twice here in Chaikovsky is great. I'm very satisfied with this weekend. I don't really know what to expect of the next competitions. I hope I can further improve my performance and finish on the podium as well."
Overall World Cup leader Takanashi had to be satisfied with her podium result, because she came in only 0.1 points ahead of Katharina Althaus, who jumped on 97 m in both rounds. "My jumps were not as good as I wanted today. I hope it'll go better again next time. Right now I make many technical mistakes and I'll try to improve that in the upcoming competitions", Takanashi said.
Coline Mattel of France, who was in the lead after the first round with 100 m, reached a total of 241.5 points with 97 m in the final and came in fifth. With 237.9 points Slovenia's Ema Klinec was sixth, 2.7 points ahead of Austrian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz. With Eva Logar in eighth and Katja Pozun in ninth, two more Slovenians were in the Top 10.
Julia Kykkaenen could improve her 13th place of Friday's competition and came in tenth this time. Bigna Windmueller was 11th, her sister Sabrina was disqualified in the first round because of her suit was not compliant to the rules. Ramona Straub and Norway's Maren Lundby shared the 12th place. Lundby's teammate Line Jahr completed the Top 15 , ex aequo with Italian Elena Runggaldier.
Michaela Dolezelova was 21st and once again the best Czech, Dana Haralambie was 28th and scored World Cup points for the second time in her career. China's top jumper Qi Liu was 23rd and qualified for the final for the first time this season.
Sara Takanashi remains clearly in the lead of the overall World Cup with 460 points. Irina Avvakumova is second with 315 points. Nine points behind, Carina Vogt is third, followed by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz with 277 points.
The next stops of the ladies' World Cup will be Sapporo and Zao in Japan, before they will return to Europe for the final competitions before the Olympic Games in Ljubno (SLO) and Hinzenbach (AUT).