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Sara Takanashi wins despite fall

Photo: FISskijumping.com

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.

FISskijumping.com, 22.09.2013

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