Yuki Ito of Japan won the final of the FIS World Cup Ladies Ski Jumping on the big hill in Oslo. With the best 30 athletes of the season competing, Ito performed the longest jump of the day in the first round with 130,0 meters. 124,5 meters in the in round and 258,7 points gave her a comfortable lead over teammate Sara Takanashi who came in 2nd.
Lundby third of the day and overall
Third place went to local hero Maren Lundby of Norway. Yuki Ito also secured her second place in the World Cup overall ranking behind Sara Takanashi and ahead of Maren Lundby and said: “The first round was my worst jump in Oslo this year. But I knew I can do better. I am very happy to win in this historic place.” . Sara Takanashi delivered a great fight with Maren Lundby for the second place of the day. 127,0 and 126,0 meters and 251,0 points gave her a 0,2 point advantage over Lundby.
Takanashi said: “The season started very good but there have been ups and downs. I was not able to improve my jumps the way I wanted to. The problem is my inrun position. I will have to work on this during the summer.”
Lundby achieving her goals
Lundby, still second after the first round, performed 129,0 and 124,5 meters. Lundby said: “I am very happy with the podium today. Also it was my goal to finish the season in the top three as the first Norwegian lady.”
Behind the top three there was a large gap of more than 13 points. Fourth place went to Germany´s Katharina Althaus with 124,5 and 121,5 meters and 237,0 points. In foggy but steady conditions Jaqueline Seifriedsberger of Austria finished the season on a 5th place with 234,7 points ahead of Slovenia´s Ema Klinec with 226,6 points.
Vogt not as strong as in the training
World Champion Carina Vogt could not quite confirm her training jumps and came in 7th with 222,3 points ahead of Chiara Hoelzl of Austria. Places nine and ten went to Germany´s mixed team World Champion Svenja Wuerth and Yuka Seto of Japan. Maja Vtic of Slovenia just missed out on the top ten and came in 11th head of Kaori Iwabuchi and Elena Runggaldier of Italy. Julia Kykkaenen finished on a good 14th place for Finland. Best French athlete was Lea Lemare on 16th pace behind Spela Rogelj.
Englund best US girl
Nita Englund and Sarah Hendrickson finished 19th and 21st for the US team. Anastasiya Barannikova was best Russian on 20th place. In the overall ranking Sara Takanashi is finishing first for the 4th time with 1455 points ahead of Yuki Ito with 1208 point. 99 points behind Maren Lundby claimed the overall podium for the first time finishing third. Places 4 and 5 went to Germany with Katharina Althaus and Carina Vogt.
Iraschko best Austrian of the season
Best Austrian is Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who did not compete in Oslo, on 6th place ahead of the best Slovenian Ema Klinec and Jaqueline Seifriedsberger. Irina Avvakumova and Svenja Wuerth completing the top ten.
Japan best team
The Nation´s Cup is going to Japan 3357 points ahead of Germany (2685) and Slovenia. Austria, who won the ranking in the past two years, just missed out on the podium and came in 4th (1651).