Japan´s Yuki Ito also won the second competition of the FIS World Cup Ladies Ski Jumping in Zao. In front of her home crowd Ito jumped 100,0 and 94,5 meters and got 227,0 points. Sara Takanashi and Maren Lundby finished 2nd and 3rd.
Ito thankfull for support
Yuki Ito said after the competition: „I am so glad I could win again. We´ve had a fantastic audience today and the support gave me so much strength.“ In front of more than 5.000 spectators Sara Takanashi celebrated her comeback on the podium after leaving out twice in the last competitions. Her jumps to 99,5 and 94,5 meters been worth 226,2 points and gave her an advantage of 5,1 points on Norway´s Maren Lundby.
Hard work for Takanashi
Takanashi said: „This weekend was hard work for me. My jumping is not going so easy right now. I am very happy that I could finish on the podium today and will try to continue my work next weekend.“ Maren Lundby performed jumps to 100,0 and 92,0 meters and was also happy with the result: „I was pretty disappointed after my final jump yesterday. I am glad I could show two good jumps today.“
Malsiner strong again
With 219,4 points Italy´s Manuela Malsiner missed her second podium only by 1,7 points and came in 4th with 97,0 and 96,0 meters. Katharina Althaus was the best German finishing 5th with 213,3 points ahead of Slovenia´s Ema Klinec with 211,7 points. Althaus´ teammate Carina Vogt came in 7th ahead of Irina Avvakumova of Russia. In almost perfect ski jumping conditions Kaori Iwabuchi was the third Japanese in the top ten and celebrated her best result of the season finishing 9th ahead of Slovenia´s Maja Vtic and the best Austrian Jaqueline Seifriedsberger on 10 and 11.
Three Americans scoring
The American ladies Nita Englund, Sarah Hendrickson and Abby Ringquist finished on places 14, 16 and 22. Lea Lemare and Lucile Morat scored for France on places 25 and 28. In the overall world cup Sara Takanashi is in the lead with 815 points ahead of Yuki Ito (732) and Maren Lundby (517).
Next stage of the Ladies World Cup is Rasnov (ROU) next weekend.