Sara Takanashi won the second competition of the FIS World Cup Ladies Ski Jumping in Rasnov (ROU). With jumps to 96,0 and 97,5 meters Takanashi got 247,3 points and celebrated her 50th victory in the FIS World Cup. After the competition she said:
"Finally made it"
„I am very happy that I finally won my 50th competition. I was so much hoping I could achieve it in Japan. But Rasnov also is a very special place for me as I am holding the hill record and the people were supporting me so much here.“ On second place Norway´s Maren Lundby could not defeat her leading position after round one. With 95,5 and 93,0 meters and 241,9 points she claimed place two and finished the best weekend of her career after winning on Saturday.
Great weekend for Lundby
Lundby said: „I am very happy with this weekend. Places one and two are amazing. It was a great weekend. The conditions were close to perfect and we had a great atmosphere with very many spectators.“ Third place went to Austria´s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who achieved her third podium of the season with 93,0 and 94,0 meters and 235,4 points.
Iraschko-Stolz back on the podium
The Austrian said: „It feels good to be back on the podium. Sara, Yuki and Maren gave me a pretty hard time in the past weeks because they were jumping so strong. I had some trouble with my knee here but I am used to it since many years. The atmosphere and the spectators were great. I think, it´s my favourite World Cup event.“ On fourth place Yuki Ito had to end her podium streak after five competitions in the top three.
Germans close to the podium
With 90,0 and 90,5 meters and 224,1 points Ito stayed one point ahead of Katharina Althaus who finished 5th. Sixth place went to her teammate Carina Vogt with 218,4 points. After a disappointing first competition and place 18 on Saturday, Russia´s Irina Avvakumova came back to the top ten and finished 7th ahead of Svenja Wuerth of Germany. Yuka Seto and Sarah Hendrickson of the USA completed the top ten. Just missing out on the best ten Austria´s Jaqueline Seifriedsberger and Chiara Hoelzl finished 11th and 12th. Nita Englund finished a good weekend after 11th place on Saturday with place 13.
Slovenia still struggling
Slovenia´s Maja Vtic and Spela Rogelj came in 14th and 15th. Best Italian was Elena Runggaldier on 16th place, Lucile Morat and Lea Lemare came in 21st and 22nd for France, Julia Kykkaenen scored for Finland on 23rd place. Local hero Daniela Haralambie finished 24, just ahead of Canada´s Taylor Henrich.
In the overall World Cup Sara Takanashi could expand her lead with now 995 points ahead of Yuki Ito (842) and Maren Lundby (697).
Next stage of the Ladies World Cup is Hinzenbach (AUT) next weekend.