Sara Takanashi continues setting the standards in
ladies' ski jumping. With her 13th win this season
at the Holmenkollen in Oslo the 17-year-old proved
her outstanding position. With jumps on 132 m and
128.5 m she had a huge lead of 39.1 points over
second-place Katja Pozun of Slovenia (122 m and
122.5 m / 218.5 points). Japanese Yuki Ito was third
with jumps on 122.5 m and 125 m (216.2 points).
Takanashi dominated the competition and although
the others never had a chance to win she was still
not completely satisfied: "My first jump was
not as good as I had hoped and it was a difficult
competition. But even if I already won a lot of
World Cup I'm still happy about every win, also
about this one. I'm already a bit tired but I will
give my best until the last competition", Takanashi
said after the competition.
Second-placed Katja Pozun was happy about her podium
finish: "I like this hill a lot. It's the first
time I was second in the World Cup. Usually I was
around the tenth place this winter, but my jumps
today were really good. Jumping on the large hill
is different than on the normal hill and it suits
the Slovenian style better", said Pozun.
Yuki Ito of Japan, third today, really enjoyed the
competition on the large hill: "It was fun
to jump here today. Both of my jumps were really
good and it was a good day for Japan. I'm already
looking forward to going skiing when the season
The fourth place went to Russian Irina Avvakumova,
ahead of Taylor Henrich of Canada. Maja Vtic of
Slovenia finished sixth, followed by the three Norwegians
Maren Lundby, Gyda Enger and Line Jahr. Best German
athlete was Anna Haefele in 11th, behind US American
Sara Takanashi had already secured the overall World
Cup title before this competition.
The competition on the Holmenkollen was the first
on the large hill for the ladies this winter. There
will be another event on the large hill at the season
final in Planica (SLO) on March 22nd. But first
the ladies will compete in Falun (SWE) next weekend.