Takanashi remains (almost) unbeatable

15 March 2014 18:14
Yuki Ito, Sara Takanashi, Julia Kykkaenen
Yuki Ito, Sara Takanashi, Julia Kykkaenen -

Sara Takanashi won the World Cup competition in Falun, Sweden, and took her 14th win in the 17th competition this season.

"We had to wait a long time because of the wind, but I was ready for the competition and the result was good. I tried to stay focused the whole time", Takanashi said after her next success. The overall World Cup winner of Japan jumped on 90.5 m and 91.0 m and with 228.0 points she came in ahead of her teammate Yuki Ito and Finland's Julia Kykkaenen. Ito was 9.7 points behind Takanashi with 89.5 m and 89 m. Kykkaenen scored 207.4 points with jumps on 86 m and 87 m.

"I had good conditions in both rounds and these were my best jumps this season. I was expecting delays, so I was able to keep my concentration on a good level", told Ito. And also Julia Kykkaenen was satisfied with her performance: "The first jump was pretty good and the second jump was even better. I like this hill and I'm looking forward to the World Championships here next year."

French Julia Clair missed the podium by only 0.1 points with 83.5 m and 87 m. Olympic Champion Carina Vogt was fifth with her jumps on 88.5 m and 84 m and 205.4 points. With Spela Rogelj, Katja Pozun and Eva Logar three Slovenes finished in the Top 10 of this competition, that was postponed various times due to the difficult wind conditions. Rogelj achieved her best result this season in sixth with 204.5 points. Pozun followed in seventh with 203.0 points, Eva Logar was ninth with 200.0 points, 1.5 points behind Jessica Jerome. Coline Mattel and Lea Lemare of France finished tenth and eleventh, Chiara Hoelzl was the best Austrian in 12th. Taylor Henrich of Canada and the two Norwegians Line Jahr and Maren Lundby completed the Top 15.

Avvakumova not among the best

Russian top jumper Irina Avvakumova came in only 18th, Evelyn Insam of Italy and Ursa Bogataj of Slovenia shared the 19th place. The Germans Katharina Althaus, Gianina Ernst and Ulrike Graessler finished on the places 22nd to 24th. Norway's Anna Odine Stroem scored World Cup points for the second time in her career In 27th.

The second competition on the hill for the World Championships 2015 on Sunday was canceled due to strong wind.

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