Daniela Iraschko wins Saturday’s competition in Lillehammer ahead of Jacqueline Seifriedsberger and Jessica Jerome.
Austria’s Daniela Iraschko has won on Lillehammer’s Lysgaardsbakken (HS100) ahead of her teammate Jacqueline Seifriedsberger. Americas Jessica Jerome took the third rank.
After a jump on 99.5 meters in the first round, Seifriedsberger was in the lead ahead of Iraschko, who had jumped 98.5 meters. Third rank was taken by Yuki Ito (JPN, 95.5 m), fourth by Coline Mattel (FRA, 96.0 m). Fifth after the first round was Japan’s Ayumi Watase, who jumped on 94.5 m. Same distance as Watase had Germany’s Jenna Mohr, but as she got one point less by the judges, she took only the sixth rank.
In the second round these standings were pretty jumbled. Bad luck had especially the Japanese team. Ito jumped only 89.0 meters and fell back to the 10th rank, her teammate Watase finally took the seventh rank after jumping on 92.0 meters. On contrary the American team was able to gain some positions. Jessica Jerome jumped from seven to three (93.0 and 97.0 m), Lindsey Van, who was only 12th after the first round, finally got sixth (90.0 and 95.5 m).
Also the results of the German team saw some movement in the second round. Mohr fell back from six to nine (92.0m), whereas her teammate Ulrike Grässler, who was 8th after the first round, finally took the fifth rank (93.5 and 94.0 m). Among the top 6, only Mattel was able to keep her position of the first round. A second jump on 94.0 meters helped her to secure the fourth place.
New hill record for Daniela Iraschko
Finally only the two best ranked jumpers after the first round, Austrians Iraschko and Seifriedsberger were at the start. Iraschko jumped on 106.5 meters. This is two and a half meter more then the old hill record (104.0 m) by Espend Bredesen (NOR), set at the 1994 Olympics. The old summer record on the plastic hill was even only 103.5 m by Balthasar Schneider (AUT, CoC 2004).
The final jump of the competition by Seifriedsberger was also very good, but of course her 99.5 meters were insufficient to pass by Iraschko.
In the overall Continental Cup, Seifriedsberger is now leading with 280 points. On the second position is Mattel (263 points). Third is still America’s Sarah Hendrickson (249 points), who did not compete in Lillehammer.