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Sara Takanashi wins overall World Cup title

The results of Sara Takanashi »16-year-old Sara Takanashi was unbeatable today in Ljubno: With her eighth win this season she also wrote history with becoming the youngest overall World Cup champion. Coline Mattel and Sarah Hendrickson were also on the podium as second and third.

5000 enthusiastic spectators in Ljubno (SLO) experienced a historic moment. With her fourth win in a row and the eighth this winter, Sara Takanashi also captured the overall World Cup title. "I'm so incredibly happy and can't realize it yet. Right now I just enjoy my jumps a lot and I'm happy about what I achieved", said the 16-year-old. With 89.5 m she already had a lead of 10.6 points after the first round. She then showed the longest jump of the day on 92 m in the final round and took the win with 266.9 points.

With today's win Sara Takanashi is already the overall World Cup champion with two more competitions in Trondheim and Oslo to go this season. She has a lead of 290 points ahead of Sarah Hendrickson.

Mattel and Hendrickson change places

Yesterday she was third, today French Coline Mattel improved this position and was once again excited about the event in Ljubno: "The competition today was a lot more exciting and there were many long jumps. It's was a great feeling to jump in front of such a great crowd again and of course I'm very happy with my second place." 87 m in both rounds earned her 243.3 points and she is now also third in the overall World Cup ranking. Also Coline Mattel's teammates did well today. Lea Lemare (12th) and Julia Clair (17th) could also score World Cup points.

Also Sarah Hendrickson was on the podium once again, this time as third. With 85.5 m she was fifth after the first round, but with 88 m in the final (241.8 points) she moved up to the podium. "I had some problems in my first jump, the second one was really good. I'm definitely satisfied and want to point out that this was a great event", Hendrickson praised the organizers and the enthusiastic fans. Besides Sarah Hendrickson tow other US athletes, Lindsey Van as fifth and Jessica Jerome as seventh, achieved a Top 10 result.

Slovenia top - Katja Pozun closely missed the podium

The local heroes of Slovenia also showed yet another impressive performance. With Katja Pozun (4th), Spela Rogelj (6th), Anja Tepes (8th) and Ursa Bogataj (9th) four of them were in the Top 10. Maja Vtic and Eva Logar followed as 11th and 13th. Katja Pozun was second after the first round, but missed the podium by only two points.

Best German athlete was again Melanie Faisst as 15th, just like yesterday, her teammate Anna Haefele could not compete due to health problems. Ramona Straub finished 29th, Juliane Seyfarth failed to make the cut for the final round.

It was also not a good day for two other athletes. Finland's Julia Kykkaenen and Slovene Barbara Klinec were disqualified because of their suits were not compliant to the rules.

For the ladies today's competition in Ljubno was the final World Cup and also the final test before the World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, where the individual competition will be held on Thursday.

Berkutschi.com, 17.02.2013

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