Bogataj wins qualification
Ursa Bogataj won the qualification of the first individual FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies competition in Sapporo. The Slovene could stay ahead of her team mate Ema Klinec and Taylor Henrich with a jump of 92 metres and 109,7 points. Klinec jumped 87,0 metres and finished with 107,0 points. She was followed by Henrich by 4,1 points with 87,5 metres.
Katharina Althaus was the best German of the qualification finishing with 86,0 metres and 101,8 points. She could stay ahead of Irina Avvakumova by only 0,2 points, resulting in the fifth place with 86,0 metres.
Svena Würth (99,2 points), Anna Ruprecht and Gianina Ernst were part of a strong German qualification day with finishing sixth, 11th and 15th. Kaori Iwabuchi was the best Japanese in seventh place and 98,8 points. Spela Rogelj was rounding off a good Slovenian performance with 97,5 points and place eight. She was followed by Elena Runggaldier (96,3 points) and Yuki Seto (94,8 points). Nita Englund, Tera Geraghty-Moats and Abby Hughes were also delivering a good qualification for the US-team, resulting in the places 12, 13 and 15.
Coline Mattel, who was best French finishing 18th and Daniela Haralambie in 19th place, will also be part of the competition on Saturday. The Canadian Atsuko Tanaka finished 21th and the Finn Julia Kykkänen also qualified finishing 22nd. Zdenka Pesatova will represent the Czech team after qualifying as 25th.
The pre-qualified jumpers Chiara Hölzl, Yuki Ito and Maja Vtic were satisfying everyone with 91,0 metres each. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz followed by only half a metres less. Sara Takanashi, the World Cup overall leader, did not start in the qualification.
The first individual FIS Ski Jumping Ladies competition in Sapporo starts on Saturday at 3:00 am (CET).