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Silje Opseth triumphs in Willingen

Feb 04, 2024·Ski Jumping
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Silje Opseth from Norway won the second women's Ski Jumping World Cup of the weekend in Willingen /GER) on Sunday. Opseth came out on top ahead of Nika Prevc from Slovenia and Yuki Ito from Japan. As on the previous day, constant rain and changing winds made for difficult conditions.

Similar to Opseth's compatriot Johann Andre Forfang in the men's competition on Saturday, it was also a liberation for Opseth after the winter had not gone according to plan so far.
Opseth's last World Cup success came in Lillehammer in March 2023. The victory in Willingen is the 24-year-old's 6th overall.
And, like Forfang yesterday, Opseth also managed a great jump of 150 meters in the final, just 5.5 meters shorter than Forfang's record flight the day before.
Slovenia's second-placed Nika Prevc was satisfied and eager to attack after the previous day's 15th place and 6th place after the first round on Sunday had not gone according to plan. In the final jump, she finally achieved the hoped-for explosion in performance and second place in the daily ranking.

"I was disappointed after yesterday's competition. The conditions were difficult yesterday and I didn't jump so well yesterday either. Today, on the other hand, it went really well and I'm incredibly happy that I coped well with the hill today. I hope that I can keep the Yellow Bib until the end of the season," said Prevc.
Nika Prevc continues to lead the overall World Cup.
With 949 points, her lead over Japan's Yuki Ito (771 points) is now 178 points, followed in third place by Austria's Eva Pinkelnig, who did not compete today.

Sara Takanashi, Nika Kriznar and Katharina Schmid took 4th - 6th place. Marita Kramer was the best Austrian in 7th place, followed directly behind by the previous day's winner Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, who lost an even better place after a long jump of 146.5 meters due to ground contact on landing.
Finland's Jenny Rautionaho once again confirmed her top form with 9th place.

The ski jumpers now have a free weekend on the calendar before two World Cup competitions in Rasnov (ROU) on February 17 and 18.

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