Sara Takanashi won the first Individual Competition of the FIS World Cup Ladies Ski Jumping in Hinzenbach (AUT). With jumps to 87,5 and 91,0 meters she achieved 241,1 points and her 51st World Cup victory. Takanashi said afterwards: “My jumps got better and better here with every round. On Friday in the training I was not happy with my performance. But today my approach to the take-off was much better.”
Great result for German team
Places two and three went to the German team. Katharina Althaus set a new career best on second place ahead of Olympic champion Carina Vogt. Althaus set her jumps to 89,0 and 88,5 meters and got 237,9 points. She said: “I am extremely happy with this result. My jumping was really good and it´s even better sharing the podium with a teammate.”
Vogt back on the podium
Carina Vogt achieved her first World Cup podium since February 1st 2015 – in Hinzenbach. With 88,5 and 87,0 meters and 234,0 points she finished third and said: “The performance of the whole team got better and better during the last weeks. I am really happy to be back on the podium and am already looking forward to the World Championships.” On 4th place Japans Yuki Ito missed out on the podium by only 3,2 points and stayed 0,1 point ahead of the best Austrian lady Daniela Iraschko-Stolz on 5th place with 230,7 points.
Hoelzl can´t use pole position
Chiara Hoelzl, who was the outstanding athlete throughout all training sessions and also in the lead together with Sara Takanashi after the first round, could not quite keep it together in the final and went down to 6th place with 224,8 points. Yuka Seto on 7th place completed a great team result for Japan, Maren Lundby still could not make friends with the hill in Hinzenbach yet and came in 8th. In front of almost 1.500 spectators Jaqueline Seifriedsberger came in 9th as the third Austrian in the top ten. Svenja Wuerth confirmed her steady performances of the last weeks and finished 10th ahead of the best US-girl Nita Englund.
Slovenia missing out on top ten
Slovenia still is struggling, Spela Rogelj and Maja Vtic came in 12th and 13th ahead of Sarah Hendrickson and the best Russian athlete Irina Avvakumova. Julia Kykkaenen saved a good 16th place for Finland, Lucile Morat was the best French on 17th place. The 15-year old Austrian Marita Kramer had a good first World Cup competition and came in 29th. The second competition in Hinzenbach starts on Sunday at 1 pm.