Sara Takanashi on top once again
Sara Takanashi remains in a league of her own, also in the 2016 summer season. In Chaikovsky (RUS) she took her 15th individual victory in the FIS Grand Prix and also secured the overall title of the FIS Grand Prix 2016. Norway's Marein Lundby was second, the third place went to Maja Vtic of Slovenia.
Things were already pretty clear when Sara Takanashi jumped seven meters farther than the rest of the field in the first round. It was only due to Norway's Maren Lundby that it didn't get boring. Lundby had the best jump in the final round (103 m after 99 m in the first round; 250.1 points) and so Takanashi came in only 6.8 points ahead (256.9 points; 106.5 m and 103 m).
Self-confident after her second place, Lundby challenged Takanashi right after the competition: "I have been jumping on a good level all summer and I'm happy that I was able to show it in the competition. Today I was better than Sara in the trial round and in the final. I will try everything I can to win here tomorrow."
Sara Takanashi is already focusing on the winter and the upcoming Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti (FIN). "Actually the summer isn't that very important for me, I focus on the winter and especially the WSC, that's my goal", Takanashi explained after the competition.
Maja Vtic was satisfied with her third place: "I had really good jumps today and I can be satisfied with that, especially after it didn't work out well in training and in the trial round. It was definitely a great competition for me and I'll try to jump that well again tomorrow."
Besides the winner Sara Takanashi, also Yuka Seto (5th) and Yuki Ito (8th) achieved Top 10 results for the Japanese team. Kaori Iwabuchi in 12th completed the outstanding team result for the ladies of Nippon.
To the joy of the hosts, Irina Avvakumova came in on a great fifth place, but she was already more than five points behind the podium. With perfectly prepared facilities and a smooth organization the Russian hosts left a great impression on coaches and athletes.
The German ladies also presented themselves in a strong shape. Olympic Champion Carina Vogt in sixth, Anna Rupprecht (9th) and Katharina Althaus (10th) showed very good performances. Svenja Wuerth and Juliane Seyfarth in 14th and 16th completed the good result of the German team.
The result of the US girls was remarkable as well: Nita Englund in 7th and Tara Geraghty-Moats in 13th achieved a great result for the US team.
With today's win Sara Takanashi secured the overall title of the FIS Grand Prix 2016 already before tomorrow's final event. It was the fifth overall win in a row for the Japanese. Ever since the first edition of the Ladies' Grand Prix in 2012 there was only one overall winner: Sara Takanashi.
The second competition in Chaikovsky takes place on Sunday at 6:00 pm local time (3:00 pm CET).