Also the second competition on Sunday in Bischofsgrün was won by Ulrike Grässler. Second is Ayumi Watase, third placed is Magdalena Schnurr.
More people came to watch todays competition. So there was a quite nice atmosphere here at the jumping hill. The weather changed from cloudy to sunny and the wind was also very inconstant. Cause of that there were some delays in the competition. Also a handful of jumpers fell after landing, but luckily no one had to suffer an injury.
Ulrike Grässler (GER) took already the lead after the first round with a 67.0 m jump, ahead of Ayumi Watase and Sara Takanashi, both Japan. Behind them were Eva Logar (SLO), Bigna Windmüller (SUI) and Spela Rogelj (SLO) on ranks four to six. A little surprising on the seventh place after the first round was German B-Team member Elisa Gronau.
In the second round, that was held under slightly calmer wind conditions, 65.5 m were enough for Grässler to take victory. Also Watase was able to defend her second place. Magdalena Schnurr (GER) was able to jump from 12 to three with a 67.5 m jump. Also places four and five were taken by athletes placed outside the top ten in the first round. America’s Sarah Hendrickson , victorious in Zakopane the last winter, improved from eleven to four, while Elena Runggaldier (ITA) took the fifth place after just being 15th after the first round. Twelve year old Takanashi, third after the first round, finally was able to keep the sixth position.
In the Continental Cup’s overall standings Grässler is now with 200 points in the lead, ahead of Watase (130 points) and Bigna Windmüller (SUI, 116 points).
Read here, what the three best athletes said after the competition:
Ulrike Grässler: Of course it is a nice feeling to win here a second time, even when I have said, the smaller hills are not what I like so much. It also makes me happy, that today some spectators came to the hill.
Ayumi Watase: I am not yet satisfied. My goal is a first place.
Magdalena Schnurr: Today there were hard conditions. After the first round I was on the 12th place but was able to improve to the third then.
Chika Yoshida, FIS Coordinator Ladies Skijumping: I am positively surprised, that so many spectators came today. Also the local organizing committee is so helpful and motivated. Today’s competition was a little complicated due to the wind, but in general it was a super weekend.