Ema Klinec wins after one round
Ema Klinec won the ladies' individual competition at the FIS Grand Prix in Chaikovsky (RUS). The Slovene took the win on the HS 140 hill after one round, ahead of Maren Lundby and Sara Takanashi. The second round had to be canceled by the jury due to the strong wind after the difficult conditions had already caused various delays.
Ema Klinec posted the longest jump of the day with 133 m and claimed her second victory in the Grand Prix with 130.8 points. She stood on top of the podium for the first time in Courchevel five years ago. "This is awesome. Today I made two good jumps, one in the trial round and one in the competition. This is what I've been trying to do for about three years now, in winter and in summer. It's amazing", said the 20-year-old.
Olympic champion Maren Lundby jumped two meters shorter than the Slovene and finished second with 121.8 points. "It was the right decision to cancel the second round because the wind was too strong and it was not good to jump. I think the first round was really fair and so it was nice that we had a competition. I'm quite satisfied with my performance, there's still room for improvement, but all in all, it's been a good summer for me", said the Norwegian, who was on the podium for the third time in a row.
Sara Takanashi of Japan, who won the first four competition of the FIS Grand Prix 2018, came in third in Chaikovsky with her jump of 128.5 m and a total of 117.0 points. "Unfortunately, we couldn't jump in the final round, but the conditions were fair in the first round and so it was an excellent competition. My jumps are not stable and consistent enough, I still need to improve that", said Takanashi.
Chiara Hoelzl of Austria came in fourth, young Norwegian Anna Odine Stroem was fifth and achieved her best result in the Grand Prix so far. Best German was Juliane Seyfarth, who tied for sixth with Slovenia's Jerneja Brecl. Pauline Hessler was eighth and achieved another Top 10 result for the German Ski Association.
Behind Austria's Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (9th), Irina Avvakumova and Sofia Tikhonova were the best athletes of the hosting Russian team in tenth and eleventh.
Sara Takanashi still has a clear lead in the overall ranking of the Grand Prix with 460 points. Ema Klinec (265 points) and Maren Lundby (260 points) are second and third. With only one competition left this summer, Takanashi is already the overall winner.
The final event of the FIS Ladies' Grand Prix 2018 will be held on October 3rd in Klingenthal (GER).