Rogelj wins qualification at home
Spela Rogelj won the qualification of the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies in Ljubno. The Slovene local hero stayed ahead of the Italian Elena Ruggaldier and Anna Rupprecht from Germany with a jump to 89,0 metres and 121,0 points. Runggaldier finished second with 84,0 metres and 110,1 points. Rupprecht followed by only 1,6 points and 83,5 metres.
It was an interesting fight for the haunters of those three. In the end it´s only 1,5 points difference from the places four to ten. France´s Julia Clair jumped to place four, with only one tenth of a point difference and 82,5 metres and 107,7 points. Juliane Seyfarth followed her, finishing fifth. One tenth of a point behind followed Coline Mattel with 107,5 points and place six. Austria´s Claudia Purker finished seventh with 107,2 points. Both, Slovenia´s Ursa Bogataj and the US-American Nita Englund, finished with the same distance of 83,0 metres, resulting in 106,5 points and place eight. The Canadian Taylor Henrich jumped to place ten with 106, 2 points. Nika Kriznar, from Slovenia, surprised everyone at her World Cup debut. She jumped to place 11 and was followed by Olympic Champion Carina Vogt as 12th.
Katja Pozun followed the best Japanese, Yuka Seto, on place 14 and stayed ahead of Tara Geraghty-Moats of USA and was the fourth Slovene in the top 15. Best Austrian was Elisabeth Raudaschl with her 18th place, Alexandra Kustova finished 19th and was the best Russian athlete today.
Norway´s Line Jahr jumped to place 20 together with Germany´s Pauline Hessler. Sabrina Windmüller from Switzerland qualified as 24th and the Finn Julia Kykkänen followed as 26th.
It will be the first World Cup on Saturday for the Canadian Eleora Hamming, who qualified as 30th. Sara Takanashi showed her strong shape once again with the best jump of the day, 89,5 metres. Chiara Hölzl also underlined her podium ambitions with her jump to 89,0 metres.
The pre-qualified Austrian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Jaqueline Seifriedsberger and Eva Pinkelnig jumped to 87,0 metres.
The first individual competition in Ljubno starts on Saturday, 2 pm (CET).