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Second win for Takanashi in Nizhniy Tagil

Sara Takanashi also won the second FIS Grand Prix in Nizhniy Tagil, Russia, within 24 hours. Like on the day before, Coline Mattel (FRA) came in second. The third place on the podium went to Katharina Althaus (GER), who was fourth on Friday. The Russian hosts had a chance to achieve a podium result after the first round. Irina Avvakumova could not keep her nerves and fell back from third to seventh.

Just like on Friday, mixed-team World Champion Takanashi was in a league of her own. While Mattel posted longer jumps in both rounds with 94.5 m and 100 m, it was the better technique that earned Takanashi her lead of 13.7 points. "It was my best weekend this summer. Today I was a bit late at the take off but the flight phase was good then. I'm satisfied. Next weekend I'll try my best to also win twice in Almaty.У

Mattel was once again struggeling with the telemark landing. "I think my jumps were better than yesterday, especially the second one, but the landing is still not very good. The first jump was good and I was closer to Sara Takanashi. The second jump was very good at the take off. It can still be better and I can still improve my level step by step. I'm very satisfied with the weekend, my jumps were much better than at the beginning of the summer."

Another 15 points behind, Germany's Katharina Althaus finished third and was happy about it. "I'm definitely satisfied. I showed to really good jumps again today. This is my first podium result and I'm very happy about that. The hill is good for my technique, that was already the case in training. I'm not going to Almaty, because I have to go to school on Monday."

Avvakumova had a podium result within reach after her first jump on 93 m, but due to a jump on only 87 m in the final she came in behind Austrian Chiara Hoelzl, Atsuko Tanaka of Canada and Slovenia's Katja Pozun (SLO), who was third in Friday's competition.

Behind the second-best athlete of Slovenia, Ursa Bogataj, also Julia Kykkaenen of Finland and Anastasiya Gladysheva of Russia achieved Top 10 results. Dutch Wendy Vuik finished on a good 16th place. The Italians showed a solid team performance - but only in the second part of the result list. The came in 11th, 14th, 18th, and 21st.

Before the final competitions in Almaty (KAZ) a week from now, Takanashi now leades the overall ranking with a total of 325 points, already 116 points ahead of Coline Mattel. Katja Pozun (166 points), Katharina Althaus (156 points) and Irina Avvakumova (134 points) only have mathematical chances to win the overall title.

berkutschi.com, 14.09.2013

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