Gold for Carina Vogt
A year after she won Olympic Gold, Carina Vogt now also took the title at the World Championships. On the normal hill in Falun (SWE) the German won ahead of Yuki Ito and top favorite Daniela Iraschko-Stolz. Like in Sochi, Sara Takanashi came in only fourth.
Carina Vogt scored 236.9 points with her jumps on 91.5 m and 92 m and had a lead of 1.8 points over Yuki Ito. The newly crowned World Champion said: “After the first round I didn't expect to win here today. It's unbelievable after everything that happened last year. I'm very happy.” Yuki Ito jumped on 89 m and 93 m.
Iraschko-Stolz "risked everything"
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was in the lead after her first jump on 92.5 m, 89 m in the final and 233.8 points earned her the bronze medal. The overall World Cup leader said: “I did what I could today. I risked everything and made a small mistake over the knoll, there I lost a few meters. If you want to win, then it has to work well for you. But it's still great, you don't win a medal every day.”
Takanashi with bad first jump
Sara Takanashi lost her chance to win a medal already in the first round, when she was only 9th. With 93 m in the final and 228.3 points she moved up to fourth. Again she could not win the long awaited medal. The fifth place went to the winner of the qualification, Taylor Henrich of Canada, with jumps on 90.5 m and 91 m and 227.9 points.
Defending champion Sarah Hendrickson finished sixth with 226.4 points, followed by the two Austrians Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (225.6 points) and Eva Pinkelnig (223.8 points) in seventh and eighth. Jessica Jerome of the USA was ninth with 219.4 points, Spela Rogelj was the best of a disappointing Slovenian team in tenth with 217.9 points. Russia's Irina Avvakumova closely missed the Top 10 in eleventh, Nita Englund and Maja Vtic followed in 12th and 13th.
Ups and downs for German team
Juliane Seyfarth, Katharina Althaus and Ulrike Graessler were 14th, 17th and 22nd and would have hoped for better results today. The same applies for Maren Lundby in 15th. The two French Julia Clair and Coline Mattel finished 21st and 27th, Julia Kykkänen represented Finland in 23rd. Also Czech Michaela Dolezelova and Italian Elena Runggaldier qualified for the final round and came in 29th and 30th.
The second and final competition for the ladies at the World Championships will be the mixed team event on Sunday.