Iraschko-Stolz hits back

14 February 2016 15:42
SJ LWC Ljubno 2016 - Winner
SJ LWC Ljubno 2016 - Winner -

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz is back in the fight for the overall FIS World Cup Ladies title. After jumping to an unsatisfying 13th place on Saturday, she won the competition on Sunday. The overall World Cup winner of last season jumped to 91,0 and 95,0 metres and 264,0 points, staying ahead of local hero Maja Vtic and team mate Chiara Hölzl. Sara Takanashi had to be satisfied with place four.

Iraschko-Stolz:“I changed a lot, because my coaches told me so after the competition yesterday. I always had mixed feeling about Ljubno, even though I won here before. I didn´t expect this today at all.”

Maja Vtic, who celebrated her first World Cup victory on Saturday, completed a successful weekend with jumps to 92,5 and 95,5 metres and 260,3 points. Vtic:“I am really satisfied with today´s competition, my two jumps were excellent.”

Chiara Hölzl was happy about her second podium this season with jumps to 94,5 and 94,0 metres and  259,0 points. The Austrian:“Now I really liked the hill, but only because I also had to do some changes for my inrun position.” Sara Takanashi, who was leading after the first round, had to be satisfied with jumps to 93,0 and 92,5 metres and 255,9 points. It´s the first time in 12 months, that she did not finish on a World Cup podium. Spela Rogelj jumped to 88,5 and 89,5 metres and 250,6 points for the Slovenian team and place five. Sixth was Jaqueline Seifriedsberger with 242,2 points, completing a strong team performance of the Austrian team. Irina Avvakumova finished seventh with 239,9 points, delivering another top result for the Russian team. She was followed by Ursa Bogataj by only one tenth, who finished in eight place, staying ahead of Norway´s Maren Lundby. She finished with another top ten result as ninth and 238,7 points. Juliane Seyfarth was the best German athlete again, finishing in tenth place with 238,5 points. Katja Pozun completed an overwhelming team performance at home for the Slovenian team. She jumped to place 11, followed by the winner of the qualification Nika Kriznar as 12th. World Champion Carina Vogt showed an improved performance by finishing as 13th, comparing to a 20th place on Saturday. Elena Runggaldier was best Italian in place 14 and stayed ahead of Japan´s Yuka Seto. Runggaldier´s team mate, Manuela Malsiner, could be satisfied with her best World Cup result so far, by finishing in place 16. Julia Kykkännen collected World Cup points for team Finland as 18th. She was directly followed by Julia Clair, who was the best French athlete, as 19th. Switzerland´s Sabrina Windmüller could be happy about jumping to place 30 and getting a World Cup point.

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz got back in the game for the overall World Cup race with the win today. She has 929 points now, decreasing the distance to Sara Takanashi, who is still leading with only five World Cup competitions left and 381 points ahead. In case, the Japanese wins the next competition in Lathi, she will be the overall World Cup winner. Maja Vtic could underline her third position in the overall World Cup ranking with strong performances on this weekend in Ljubno. She has 718 points now. Place four goes to Jaqueline Seifriedsberger (540 points) and place five to Chiara Hölzl (552 points).

Team Austria is leading the Nation´s Cup with 2368 points, staying ahead of Japan by 270 points difference. Team Slovenia is following in third place.

The next competition starts in Finland´s Lahti on Friday.