Sara Takanashi makes it three in a row
The FIS Ladies' Grand Prix 2016 is history and once again Japanese Sara Takanashi wrote a big part of this history. In Chaikovsky, the 19-year-old from Kamikawa-City took her third win in the third Grand Prix competition this summer and secured the overall title of the FIS Grand Prix 2016 with the maximum of 300 points. Behind Takanashi, Germany's Carina Vogt and Irina Avvakumova of Russia came in second and third in today's competition and in the GP overall ranking.
The only athlete, who would have been able to challenge Takanashi in this summer's final competition, Norway's Maren Lundby, who was in the lead after the first round, was disqualified because her suit didn't meet the rules. So the path was clear for Takanashi.
Takanashi jumped on 106 m and 106.5 m and scored 260.7 points. She had a lead of 23.2 points over Carina Vogt (98 m and 101 m; 237.5 points) and 29.2 points over Irina Avvakumova (96 m and 97 m; 231.5 points). "I really enjoyed this summer's competitions. Like I already told yesterday, I'll now focus on the preparation for the winter, especially for the World Championships in Lahti. This is my mail goal", the satisfied winner explained after the competition.
For Carina Vogt this second place was a success after a longer dry spell. "This second place is very important for me. It's been a while since I was at a victory ceremony and today I was able to keep up with the best. This was very important. Today I had two good jumps and now I know that I'm on the right track. After yesterday's competition we found a small mistake in my inrun position, which was easy to correct. This made the difference between yesterday and today", Vogt analyzed.
To the joy of the spectators, local hero Irina Avvakumova achieved the first podium finish for the Russian team on the weekend in Chaikovsky. Avvakumova showed strong jumps and came in 1.5 points ahead of US American Nita Englund. "I'm very happy about the third place today. I had to good jumps and I can now build on that. But I know that I have to work hard until the winter, because I still have things to improve if I want to achieve my goal of being in the Top 3 of the overall World Cup", said the Russian.
Only 0.5 points behind Englund (4th), Japanese Yuki Ito finished fifth. Katharina Althaus in sixth and Anna Rupprecht and Svenja Wuerth in ninth and tenth completed the great performance of the German team.
The ladies' of Japan, Slovenia and the USA left a strong impression as well.
The teams now start their preparation for the 2016/17 FIS World Cup seaston, which starts on December 2nd and 3rd in Lillehammer (NOR).