Jaci Seifriedsberger and Daniela Iraschko share the first rank in Trondheim, Coline Mattel third.
The Continental Cup in Trondheim on Saturday does not have one winner, but two. The Austrians Daniela Iraschko and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger finished equally on points and so shared the first rank. They both scored 257.0 points for their jumps on 101 and 96 meters (Iraschko), respectively 97 and 100 meters (Seifriedsberger). “Winning together is just awesome, but it was also a tough duel between us. We are both totally happy with this result. It was actually our goal to win together today and we managed this matter very well”, Iraschko said to Ladies-Skijumping.com. Third came France’s Coline Mattel, who even jumped a little further then the the Austrian duo (101 and 98 m), but got only low judges points for both jumps.
The fourth rank was taken by Slovenia’s Maja Vtic (96.5 and 94.0 m). Japan’s Sara Takanashi came fifth (92.5 and 93 m). Germany’s Katharina Althaus, who jumped 94.5 and 90.5 meters, completed the top six. Best athlete of the hosting nation Norway was Line Jahr on rank seven (91 and 93 m).
The entire competition was on a very high level. Two jumps across the K-point were only sufficient for rank 15 today. Nevertheless the result was a little curious: Not only the first rank, also ranks eight (Kykkänen/Jerome), ten (Runggaldier/Faisst), 21 (Häfele/Sagen) and 29 (Rupprecht/Clair) were shared by two athletes. But maybe this is just a clue for the density of the whole field.
With her third rank today, Mattel (510 points) has prematurely won this summer’s overall Continental Cup. There is only one more race to go, and she has a 119 point lead over second-ranked Takanashi (391 points). Third in this ranking is Vtic with 338 points. The final competition of this summer will be held tomorrow, also in Trondheim.