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Double podium for Austria in Hinzenbach

Feb 24, 2024·Ski Jumping
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Austrian Saturday in Hinzenbach! Eva Pinkelnig won with 88.5 and the day's best distance of 92 metres with 243.1 points ahead of team colleague Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, who scored 88 and 87 metres and 240.2 points. Third place went to triple world champion Katharina Schmid with 85.5 and 89 metres and 238 points.

"Double victories in Hinzenbach are always cool, I've already experienced that together with Chiara Kreuzer. Now together with Jaci, that's really something special. We'll celebrate this success a little and try to repeat it tomorrow," said Pinkelnig after her 13th World Cup victory. Overall World Cup leader Nika Prevc took a further step towards winning the title in fourth place. Yuki Ito finshed 10th.

The signs are therefore increasingly pointing to the Slovenian winning the big crystal globe at the rescheduled World Cup final at home in Planica. This would make her the second Slovenian to achieve this triumph after Nika Kriznar, who finished eighth today. Alexandria Loutitt was the best Canadian in fifth place, while team-mate Abigail Strate is suffering from a stress fracture in her shins, which she wants to heal before the Raw Air Tour. Josephine Pagnier finished sixth in the top ten for the first time in four competitions.

However, the best team result of the day and also of the season was achieved by the German ski jumpers, with Anna Rupprecht and Selina Freitag finishing in seventh and ninth place and two other athletes in the top ten alongside Schmid. It was also the best personal result of the season for both of them. Luisa Görlich in 21st and Juliane Seyfarth in 27th also scored World Cup points. Lisa Eder (11th), Julia Mühlbacher and Sara Marita Kramer (both 16th) and Chiara Kreuzer (18th) achieved this for Austria.

19-year-old Alvine Holz finished 42nd in the qualification and missed out on making it into the competition by just 0.5 points. Two jumpers ahead of her, Klara Ulrichova (Czech Republic) and Annika Belshaw (USA), finished level on points in 40th place, meaning that 41 jumpers were allowed to compete in the first round. The Italian Annika Sieff was not allowed to compete in the first round because her jump suit was too big. The 17-year-old Yangning Weng from China, who was making her World Cup debut, finished 38th, while her compatriots Qi Liu and Qingyue Peng finished 25th and 30th respectively.

With 60 participants, the starting list in the qualification was longer than ever before this winter. The two Americans Sandra Sproch (57th) and Estella Hassrick (59th) did not make it into the top 40 on their debut. Ingvild Synnoeve Midtskogen from Norway did not compete in the qualification after accidentally taking her team-mate Thea Minyan Bjoerseth's skis with her instead of her own. Instead, Kjersti Graesli came 29th and scored her first World Cup points.

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