Jacqueline Seifriedsberger won Sunday’s World Cup in Sapporo ahead of Anette Sagen and Sarah Hendrickson.
Austria’s Jacqueline Seifriedsberger celebrated her first World Cup victory in Sapporo today. After taking the second place yesterday, she won the competition today with a pair of jumps of 94.0 and 93.0 meters. Although there was some snowfall during the competition and the wind conditions were a little tricky both rounds were held without major problems. “That was a really good weekend for me. All in all it was not always easy to handle those conditions and we had to be patient. But I am so happy that I even managed to improve after yesterday’s good result and to win this competition. Of course I will do my best also in Zao next week”, said Seifriedsberger.
Second came Norway’s Anette Sagen. After jumping 93.0 meters in the first round, she even made 99.0 meters in the final. That was the farthest jump of the weekend, and so scores a new World Cup hill record. “Who would have thought that I’ll have such a successful weekend in Sapporo? Usually I am not coping very well with the time difference here in Japan. This year, however, everything has been working out really well for me. Today I jumped a lot better than on the days before and the jury did a good job once again. Many thanks also to the forejumpers, they did an excellent job!”, she said.
Third came Sarah Hendrickson from America. After the first round (93.5 m) she was still on second, but with a jump of 87.5 meters in the second round she fell back behind Sagen. “Also today it was not that easy to handle the wind conditons. Of course we all want to compete and preferably with two rounds. It’s kind of hard to stand on the top and have to wait for a long time, but that’s ski jumping and we need to deal with it. I am happy with my result today and satisfied with the whole weekend. Now I am pretty excited for Zao,” she said.
Fourth came Slovenia’s Spela Rogelj with two jumps of 93.0 and 97.5 m. Fifth place was shared by yesterday’s winner Coline Mattel from France (86.5 and 94.0 m) and local heroine Sara Takanashi (twice 86.0 m).
Takanashi still leads in the overall World Cup with 737 points. Due to her recent successes she has become very popular in Japan, so for sure she was mainly responsible for the fact, that a large number of spectators had made it to the hill. Second is now Hendrickson with 597 points, followed by Mattel with 593 points.