Maren Lundby wins the qualification
On the first day in Chaikovsky (RUS) Maren Lundby of Norway won the qualification on the HS 106 normal hill with an outstanding jump. With such a performance she can definitely challenge Sara Takanashi this weekend.
After the training and the qualification had to be postponed to the late evening (8:30 pm local time) due to the difficult wind conditions, the ladies' could then jump under good conditions.
Lundby extremely strong
With 103 m in the first training round, the Norwegian was already clearly ahead in training, and what's important in ladies' ski jumping: She jumped 0.5 m farther than Japanese Sara Takanashi, who is, as always, jumping on the highest level.
Lundby then skipped the second training round, in the qualification the 22-year-old had another excellent jump on 101 m. This was again the longest jump of the round and it earned her a clear win in the qualification. Takanashi, who is pre-qualified, didn't participate in this third round.
After today's performance, Lundby can be considered a real opponent for Takanashi this weekend, it seems as if it will be an exciting duel. Besides Lundby, Yuki Ito of Japan and Germany's Anna Rupprecht have a good chance to fight for the wins on the two days in Russia. Ito and Rupprecht showed strong jumps and proved that they can do well on the hill in Chaikovsky.
The Germans came to Russia with their strongest team and present themselves in a very strong shape. Carina Vogt, Katharina Althaus, Juliane Seyfarth and Svenja Wuerth will also have a good chance to achieve podium finishes this weekend.
Morat provides moment of shock
Young French Lucile Morat had a successful day as well. Morat, who caused a stir with two wins at the Continental Cup in Oberwiesenthal a week ago, qualified for the competition after she fell in the first training round. Fortunately she didn't suffer any injuries.
The ladies' competitions will take place on Saturday at 4:00 pm CET and on Sunday at 3:00 pm CET.