Sara Takanashi won in Chaikovsky ahead of Carina Vogt and Irina Avvkumova. Svenja Würth suffered a grave fall in training.
The first World Cup of the year was held today in Chaikovsky, Russia. Unfortunately Germany’s Svenja Würth suffered a grave fall in the official training, that was held in the morning, and thereby injured her neck. Due to that fall no qualification was needed, as with her only 51 jumpers were on the start list.
The competition in the afternoon was a very nice one and on a very high sporting level, although there were air temperatures of about -20° at the hill. Overall World Cup leader Sara Takanashi from Japan won also this competition, and so has won all four World cups that have been held this winter yet. She jumped 99.0 and 96.5 meters today, but it has to be mentioned, that it was a very close result, as Carina Vogt from Germany, who came second, was only 0.9 points behind her. Vogt made a pair of jumps of 100.5 and 98.5 meters, and stayed behind Takanashi mainly because she scored lower style points by the judges. The third place was taken by local heroine Irina Avvakumova with jumps of 103.0 and 93.0 meters.
Fourth place was taken by Coline Mattel from France who jumped 93.5 and 95.0 meters, fifth came Sloveina’s Ema Klinec with jumps of 93.0 and 96.0 meters. A little surprising Norway’s Gyda Enger took the sixth place by jumping 93.5 and 91.5 meters. This is her best career result so far.
Takanashi has now 400 points in the overall World Cup. Second behind her is Daniela Iraschko-Stolz from Austria, who came seventh today with 241 points. Vogt is third with a score of 226.