Clair wins qualification again
Julia Clair won the qualification of the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies in Nizhny Tagil.
The French could continue her success from Lillehammer, with a jump of 93,5 metres and 117,6 points. World Champion Carina Vogt got second with 94,5 metres and 116,8 points. The Slovenian Ema Klinec finished third with a difference of only 2,2 point, a jump of 90,0 metres.
Mixed-World Champion Katharina Althaus got fourth with 93,5 metres and 111,9 points. Julia Kykkänen the Finn that missed the cut in the qualification in Lillehammer, jumped 91,5 metres and finished fifth with 110,4 points. Line Jahr from Norway finished in sixth place with 108,7 points, ahead of the American Nita Englund (106,2 points). She was followed with only 0,2 points difference by the best Russian jumper, Sofya Tikhonova, in eighth rank. The Japanese Kaori Iwabuchi (105,2) and Taylor Henrich from Canada (104,2) completed the top ten.
Yuka Seto and Irina Avvakumova were followed by two Slovenians, Ursa Bogotaj and Katja Pozun in 13th and 14th place. The German Anna Rupprecht and Gianina Ernst finished 15th and 16th. The Russian team could be satisfied with six qualified athletes in a strong team performance of Anastasiya Gladysheva, Ksenia Kabulkova, Alexandre Kustova and Mariia Iakovleva, finishing 18th, 19th, 23rd and 26th. Jaqueline Seifriedsberger jumped the longest jump as pre-qualified athlete with 96,5 metres. She was followed by the winner of Lillehammer, Sara Takanashi, close behind by one metre.
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies will start Saturday, 1 pm. (CET).