Sarah Hendrickson won the third World Cup in Zao ahead of Sara Takanashi and Daniela Iraschko.
With two nice jumps on 98.0 and 94.5 meters, America’s Sarah Hendrickson won the third of the three World Cups in Zao, Japan. It is already the eighth season win for Hendrickson, who prematurely won the overall World Cup already yesterday. “The difference to yesterday’s victory is that today the conditions were better for us. Track and wind were okay”, she said. “I can only repeat what I have already said so often. This season is just a dream for me. I never ever expected to be that strong it the first FIS Ladies Ski Jumping World Cup winter.”
Second came Sara Takanashi from Japan with jumps on 99.5 and 89.5 meters. “Congratulations to Sarah Hendrickson, she is jumping on a very high and very stable level all the time since Lillehammer. I like her style. Today, I heard that the inrun was unstable so I focused especially on my take-off-timing”, she said.
Third came Austria’s Daniela Iraschko with a pair of jumps on 93.5 and 89.5 meters. “I did not think that we would have three competitions in Zao, the place is know for difficult wind conditions. Congratulations to the organizers and the competition management. The inrun, however, could be better next year,” she said. With regard to the World Cup Final in Oslo on Friday she said: “Both Sara and Sarah are jumping on a high level, but let’s see what happens in Oslo. The Midstubakken is one of my favorite hills.”
Ranks four to six were taken by Ulrike Grässler (GER, 90.5 and 93.5 m), Jessica Jerome (USA, 89.5 and 91.5 m) and Anette Sagen (NOR, 94.0 and 87.0 m).
In the overall World Cup Hendrickson has now exceeded the 1000-point-line. In total she scored 1069 points. Iraschko is second on the second rank with 734 points. Takanashi on third has 559 points.