Maren Lundby took the win in the first FIS World Cup competition in Rasnov (ROU). The Norwegian performed jumps to 97,0 and 99,0 meters and scored 259,0 points. Places two and three went to Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito of Japan.
Lundby still sees room for improvement
Lundby, who was already in the lead after the first round, said afterwards: „It was a very good day for me, I am really happy with my jumps. But still it was not perfect. There are always a few little things to improve.“ Sara Takanashi came the closest to Lundby after jumps to 93,0 and 98,0 meters with 249,8 points. The World Cup leader said: „I am working on very many little details to get my jumps back to the best performance. But the result is very good form e and a step in the right direction.“ On third place teammate Yuki Ito jumped to 91,0 and 93,5 meters and got 238,5 points.
Ito with best jumps
The three-times World Cup winner said: „My jumps in the competition were much better than in the training and in the trial round. That’s very good. I am still struggling to find the right timing at the take-off.“ Six points behind Ito Germany´s Carina Vogt again just missed out on the podium and finished fourth after jumps to 91,0 and 93,0 meters. Her teammates Svenja Wuerth, with 229,8 points on 5th place and Katharina Althaus, who finished 6th equal with Austria´s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, helped her delivering a great team result for the Germans.
Wuert with career best
For Wuerth it was the best World Cup result so far. Chiara Hoelzl finished 8th and was the second Austrian in the top ten. Behind her Maja Vtic came in 9th and was best Slovenian. Japans Yuka Seto completed the top ten. On 11th place Nita Englund of the USA had a season best, same goes for Lea Lemare of France on 12th place.
Runggaldier best Italian
Elena Runggaldier was best Italian finishing 15th behind Jaqueline Seifriedsberger and Sarah Hendrickson, Julia Kykkaenen came in 20th for Finland behind the best Russian Irina Avvakumova and Ramona Straub. Local hero Daniela Haralambie came in 24th, Taylor Henrich scored for Canada on 29th place.
The second competition starts on Sunday at 12.30 (CET).