Sara Takanashi dominates at the Holmenkollen
Sara Takanashi continues setting the standards in ladies' ski jumping. With her 13th win this season at the Holmenkollen in Oslo the 17-year-old proved her outstanding position. With jumps on 132 m and 128.5 m she had a huge lead of 39.1 points over second-place Katja Pozun of Slovenia (122 m and 122.5 m / 218.5 points). Japanese Yuki Ito was third with jumps on 122.5 m and 125 m (216.2 points).
Takanashi dominated the competition and although the others never had a chance to win she was still not completely satisfied: "My first jump was not as good as I had hoped and it was a difficult competition. But even if I already won a lot of World Cup I'm still happy about every win, also about this one. I'm already a bit tired but I will give my best until the last competition", Takanashi said after the competition.
Second-placed Katja Pozun was happy about her podium finish: "I like this hill a lot. It's the first time I was second in the World Cup. Usually I was around the tenth place this winter, but my jumps today were really good. Jumping on the large hill is different than on the normal hill and it suits the Slovenian style better", said Pozun.
Yuki Ito of Japan, third today, really enjoyed the competition on the large hill: "It was fun to jump here today. Both of my jumps were really good and it was a good day for Japan. I'm already looking forward to going skiing when the season is over."
The fourth place went to Russian Irina Avvakumova, ahead of Taylor Henrich of Canada. Maja Vtic of Slovenia finished sixth, followed by the three Norwegians Maren Lundby, Gyda Enger and Line Jahr. Best German athlete was Anna Haefele in 11th, behind US American Jessica Jerome.
Sara Takanashi had already secured the overall World Cup title before this competition.
The competition on the Holmenkollen was the first on the large hill for the ladies this winter. There will be another event on the large hill at the season final in Planica (SLO) on March 22nd. But first the ladies will compete in Falun (SWE) next weekend.