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Takanashi wins also in Hinterzarten

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Sara Takanashi, Irina Avvakumova
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Sara Takanashi, Irina Avvakumova - FIS

Japanese Sara Takanashi also won this winter's second World Cup competition. In Hinterzarten in Germany's Black Forest the 17-year-old jumped on 101 m and 105 m and with a total of 266.8 points she won ahead of Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Russian Irina Avvakumova.

While Iraschko-Stolz could keep up with the Japanese in the first round with the same distance and a deficit of only 4.6 points, she then jumped on 99.5 m in the final and finished second with 252.4 points. Avvakumova, who won Bronze in the individual and Gold in the mixed competition at the Universiade last week, moved up to third with 101 m in the final and 247.0 points and achieved her first podium result in the World Cup. After the first round the 22-year-old was fourth.

Takanashi was pleased: "I'm very happy that my jumps were good enough to win. I like the hill here a lot and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's competition." 

Iraschko-Stolz was thinking about her teammate Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, who crashed in Friday's training and suffered an ACL tear: "Because of Jacqueline's injury I wasn't feeling that good today. Of course the second place is a good result for me. It was emotional because I also remembered my own injury last year. Jacqueline was in a very good shape and had a good chance to win. It's a huge setback for our small team. We will now need a couple of days before we look toward Sochi again." 

Avvakumova was satisfied with her result: "I'm happy that I could show two good jumps today and that I'm on the podium. Actually I didn't really like this hill. But now I changed my opinion."

Norwegian Helena Olsson Smeby came in fourth, about nine points behind the Russian. For the 30-year-old this was her best result in the World Cup. Slovenia's Maja Vtic, third after the first round, scored 236.4 points and finished fifth. Yuki Ito of Japan came in sixth, 0.2 points behind Vtic. The best German was Carina Vogt in seventh (235.6 points). Behind Vtic's teammate Ema Klinec the two US Americans Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome were also in the Top 10. 

Michaela Dolezelova was eleventh and achieved a good result for the Czech team, Canadian Taylor Henrich came in 12th. The two French Julia Clair and Coline Mattel were 13th and 15th and could not fight for the top spots this time. Anna Haefele, Katharina Althaus, Ramona Straub, Svenja Wuerth and Ulrike Graessler came in 16th and 18th to 21st. A result with which the German team will not be completely satisfied. Gianina Ernst, on a sensational third place in Lillehammer, was only 29th.

The second competition in Hinterzarten takes place on Sunday.

FIS-ski.com 21 December 2013

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