Grässler wins second competition in Oberwiesenthal. Watase and Jahr on second and third rank.
Only few spectators came to see the rescheduled competition in the morning. But as the sun was shining and wind was calm most of the time, it was a nice competition they missed. The problem with the wooden fence was also solved, as the local organizers worked hard in the night to cover it with soft mats. Due to the rescheduling no trial round was held today.
Already in the first round Germany’s Ulrike Grässler (95.0 m) was able to gain an advance of 13.5 points to second placed Ayumi Watase (JPN, 88.0 m). The third place after the round was shared by Line Jahr (NOR) and Juliane Seyfarth (GER). Also fifth place was shared, by Bigna Windmüller (SUI) and Helena Olsson Smeby (NOR). Behind that, on places seven to nine, still within reach to the podium ranks, followed Yuuki Itoh (JPN), Melanie Faisst (GER) and Rieko Kanai (JPN). Yesterday’s winner Anette Sagen (NOR) was disqualified after the first round, as her suit was not matching the regulations.
In the second round Kanai, Faisst and Olsson Smeby all did not cross the 80 meter line. Windmüller took the sixt place, while Itoh was able to jump from seven to five. In the fight for the third place Jahr was able to beat Seyfarth by one point. Jahr was happy about the entire competition, to Ladies-Skijumping.com she said: It was a great competition and it was a fair competition. It is better to do it in the morning then in the afternoon with wind. Watase’s 91 m jump was good enough to secure her second place. Although wind was calm all the time, before Grässlers jump, some flurry wind was on the hill. She had to wait several minutes and three trial jumpers were starting before her. But finally she was able to set a jump to 93.0 m, which was enough for her to win. After the victory ceremony she said about the situation: That was a little bit annoying, but I focused on my jump and finally everything got well.
For Grässler it is the third victory in the fifth competition that summer. In the Continental Cup’s Overall standings she is clearly in the lead with 430 points, followed by Watase (290) and Faisst (231). The competitions next competitions are on the following weekend in Lillehammer.