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
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