Sara Takanashi dominates in Courchevel
Like last winter, Sara Takanashi also presents herself in an outstanding shape this summer. The Japanese was unbeatable in the first ladies competition of the FIS Grand Prix 2016 in Courchevel.
With 99.5 m and 90 m the 19-year-old showed the best jumps in both rounds and took a clear win with her total of 237.4 points. "It was a good start of my summer season. We will have some competitions in Japan and so I want to prepare myself for these events now", the winner told.
The second place went to Austria's Chiara Hoelzl with jumps on 92.5 m and 88.5 m and 208.6 points. "I'm really satisfied today. When we arrived here on Monday I wanted to go home again right away because it wasn't going well for me at all. I didn't have one good jump here before Wednesday. Now it was fun, my jumps were good and it seems I got in a good shape. I changed the skis during this week and it worked right away", said the 18-year-old.
Takanashi's teammate Yuki Ito secured the third place in the opening event of this summer season with 86.5 m and 91.5 m and 204.7 points. "I'm not completely satisfied with my jumps yet, but in the second round I was able to improve my result and so I'm satisfied with this."
Behind Russia's Irina Avvakumova in fourth, Kaori Iwabuchi completed the fantastic team performance of Japan with her fifth place.
World Champion Carina Vogt was the best German in sixth. After the first half of the competition her teammates Juliane Seyfarth and Katharina Althaus were en route to the podium in third and fourth, but both lost some ground in the final and finished eighth and 12th.
Italian Elena Runggaldier finished seventh, best jumper of the French hosts was Julia Clair in ninth. With Yuka Seto (10th) a fourth athlete of Japan came in among the best 10 today.
The winner of the qualification on Friday, Anastasiya Barannikova of Russia, could not completely confirm this performance and was 11th, best of the Slovenians was Spela Rogelj in 13th.