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Sara Takanashi's winning streak continues

Photo: FISskijumping.com

Sara Takanashi is the best in women's ski jumping in summer 2013. With her clear win in the first of two FIS Grand Prix competitions in Almaty (KAZ), the Japanese again showed that she is in a league of her own. With this win the 16-year-old won the overall title of the FIS Grand Prix already before the final event on Sunday in Almaty.

Takanashi posted jumps on 102 m and 105.5 m (244.5 points). French Coline Mattel (99.5 m and 98 m; 230 points) as second, and Takanashi's teammate Yurina Yamada (98 m and 100.5 m; 220.4 points) as third could not put the victory of last winter's overall World Cup winner in jeopardy.

"The conditions were pretty difficult today, many jumpers had to wait on the bar. I tried to focus on my performance and I was able to show two really good jumps", Takanashi said after the competition.

Coline Mattel was also satisfied: "My first jump was very good, the second one was okay. I'm very satisfied, my jumps were on a high level. I know, I still have some work to do in order to stand on top of the podium, but today's result showed me that I'm on the right track. It was a good day for me."

For Yurina Yamada today's third place was the first podium finish of her career. So far a tenth place in Hinterzarten was the best result of the 17-year-old. "This is my first podium result and I think it was an important step for me", told Yamada.

After her two wins last weekend in Nizhniy Tagil (RUS), this was already the third win in a row for Takanashi. With a total of 425 points she also won the overall title of the Grand Prix before the final event. Coline Mattel is second (289 points), Slovenia's Katja Pozun follows as third (206 points).

Lead by Eva Logar as fourth, the Slovenian team showed a very strong team performance, even if none of them was on the podium today. Logar was followed by Katja Pozun, Ursa Bogataj and Spela Rogelj on the places six to eight.

Best of the German team was Svenja Wuerth as ninth, Irina Avvakumova achieved a good result for Russia as tenth. The fifth place went to Finland's Julia Kykkaenen, her best result this summer.

Best of the Canadians was Atsuko Tanaka as 13th, best Czech was Michaela Dolezelova as 14th. Evelyn Insam was the best of the Italian team as 17th, followed by the best US American Jessica Jerome as 18th.

FISskijumping.com, 21.09.2013

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