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Winning streak of Sara Takanashi continues

Irina Avvakumova, Sara Takanashi, Carina Vogt
Irina Avvakumova, Sara Takanashi, Carina Vogt - FIS

Sara Takanashi showed her outstanding position in ladies' ski jumping also in the second competition in Hinterzarten. With jumps on 96 m and 98 m and a total of 239.9 points she won clearly ahead of Russian Irina Avvakumova and Carina Vogt of Germany.

Avvakumova, who was third on Saturday, reached a total of 227.9 points with 96.5 m and 97.5 m and came in 3.2 points ahead of Vogt. The 21-year-old of Degenfeld was sixth after the first round with 95 m, moved up to third with 96.5 m in the final and achieved her first podium result this season.

Sara Takanashi explained after the competition: "The conditions were challenging today, the wind changed a lot and this made it difficult to jump. I'm very happy about my performance here and I like the hill a lot."

For Irina Avvakumova this was also a very good weekend: "Yet another podium result for me this weekend. I couldn't be happier. My jumps were on a very high level. Now I'm looking forward to Chaikowsky." Also Carina Vogt was satisfied: "I'm very happy about my performance because it was my first podium finish this season, and that in Germany. That's awesome. The trial round was pretty difficult for me, it went better in the competition. The conditions were better than in the morning, also for me. I was able to show two good jumps."

In her third World Cup competition Norwegian Helena Olsson Smeby repeated her fourth place of Saturday, 1.8 points behind Vogt. The second of the first competition, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, was fifth this time. Maja Vtic was the best Slovene in sixth. 14-year-old Gianina Ernst of Germany was third after the first round and achieved a good result in seventh. Taylor Henrich of Canada, Jessica Jerome of the USA and Slovenia's Katja Pozun completed the Top 10. Henrich was on a shared third place with Ernst after the first round.

Julia Kykkaenen came in 13th and scored some World Cup points for the Finnish team. Michaela Dolezelova was 14th and achieved another Top 15 result and after her 11th place on Saturday it was a good weekend for her. Elena Runggaldier was the best Italian in 16th, while French Coline Mattel (19th) is still struggeling with her shape. Dana Vasilica Haralambie was 26th and scored World Cup points for the first time in her career.

Sara Takanashi leads in the overall World Cup ranking with the maximum of 300 points, followed by Iraschko-Stolz (205 points) and Avvakumova (155 points). Japan leads in the Nation's Cup close ahead of Germany. Austria is third after four of 20 competitions.

FIS-ski.com 22 December 2013

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