Clair wins first qualification
Julia Clair won the qualification of the first competition of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies in Lillehammer. The 21-years-old French girl earned 132,8 points for her jump of 92,0 metres and could stay in front of the Canadian Taylor Henrich with only 0,4 points. Henrich jumped 86,5 metres.
The German Anna Rupprecht could secure the third place with 89,5 metres and 130,4 points. Sofya Tikhonova from Russia finished fourth with 90,0 metres and 129,6 points. The Norwegian local hero Maren Lundby took the fifth place with 2,8 points difference to Tikhonova and a jump of 86,0 metres. Elisabeth Raudaschl with 124,7 points, on the sixth, was the best Austrian of the qualification with 0,7 points ahead of the Slovenian Ema Klinec. The Japanese Kaori Iwabuchi finished with 123,8 points and the place eight, followed by Elena Runggaldier from Italy with only a tenth point difference. Mixed-World Champion Katharina Althaus took 10th rank with 122,7 points. Likewise qualified are the Rumanian Daniela Haralambie, who became 16th behind Gianna Ernst and Anastasiya Gladysheva. At her first go instantly qualified is the 16-year-old Silje Opseth from Norway, who was celebrating her World Cup debut. As well as the 14-year-old Kinga Rajda from Poland who became 23rd. It is a disappointing start into the season for Julia Kykkänen from Finland, who missed the cut.
Sara Takanashi, as one of the squad of the pre-qualified jumpers, could defended her favourite role with the best jump of today with 99,0 metres. Overall World Cup Winner Daniela Iraschko-Stolz jumped 93,0 metres.
The Ladies competition will start at 3 pm on Friday (CET).