Overall winner Sara Takanashi also won the final
FIS Grand Prix event this summer in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Despite a fall in the second round in a jump on
107.5 m the Japanese, who jumped on 99 m in the
first round, won with 224.7 points. Slovenia's Katja
Pozun came in second (92.5 m / 95.5 m; 220.0 points),
the third place went to Canadian Atsuko Tanaka (93
m / 93 m; 216.4 points). Eva Logar (SLO, 93 m /
94.5 m) and Coline Mattel (FRA, 94 m / 94.5 m) missed
the podium by only 0.1 and 0.2 points.
Takanashi, who dominated the overall ranking with
four wins in a row, was obviously satisfied: "I'm
very happy that I could win, despite my fall in
the second round. My legs hurt a bit now, but all
in all I'm okay. I'll try to recover as soon as
possible and continue the preparation for the winter."
Katja Pozun, third in the Grand Prix ranking, achieved
her third podium result this summer: "I'm really
happy. Yesterday was not a good day for me, today
I showed two good jumps. I have a high respect for
Sara. If you win despite a fall you deserve the
congratulations. There's still a lot of work to
do before the winter because my jumps are not perfect
yet. I expect good performances and want to improve
my technique. I'm looking forward to the winter."
Atsuko Tanaka achieved her first podium result:
"My jumps today felt a lot better than yesterday.
I jumped pretty well during the whole summer. This
podium result is a huge boost for my self-confidence.
I hope that the preparation for the winter will
go as well as the summer. Maybe even better towards
the Olympic Games. I want to show consistent jumps."
Finland's Julia Kykaenen was third after the first
round and came in sixth (95 m ( 92 m; 214.5 points).
After her fifth platz on Saturday she can be satisfied
with the final weekend of the Grand Prix. Taylor
Henrich (CAN, 94 m / 92 m; 213.3 points) also showed
her best performance of the summer as seventh.
French Julia Clair (90.5 m / 88.5 m; 205.9 points)
moved up to ninth in the overall ranking with her
eighth place today. Maja Vtic (97 m / 93.5 m) shared
the eighth place. Spela Rogelj (91.5 m / 93.5 m;
205.8 points) completed the great performance of
the Slovenian team as tenth.
Yurina Yamada, third on Saturday, and her teammate
Kaori Iwabuchi came in 11th and 12th, followed by
the two Germans Melanie Faisst and Svenja Wuerth.
Best US American was Jessica Jerome as 15th, Michaela
Dolezelova was the best Czech as 16th. Elena Runggaldier
and Chiara Hoelzl scored some points for Italy and
Austria as 19th and 20th. Irina Avvakumova was again
the best Russian as 22nd.