Sara Takanashi won in Sapporo on Saturday ahead of Carina Vogt and Irina Avvakumova.
A large number of fans made it to the hill in Sapporo to see the first World Cup competition there on Saturday and their heroine Sara Takanashi did not disappoint them. She jumped 99.0 and 94.5 meters and so won the competition clearly ahead of Carina Vogt from Germany on the second place, who jumped twice 94.5 meters. The wind conditions were changing a lot during the competition and so Iriana Avvakuova from Russia, winner of the World Cup in Chaikovsky on the last weekend, came distant third with jumps of 90.0 and 89.5 meters.
Yuki Ito jumped 84.0 meters in the first round and so was only 17that half-time. With a nice jump of 95.0 meters in the second round she improved eventually to the fourth place. Fifth behind her came Slovenia’s Maja Vtic with a pair of jumps of 89.5 and 90.0 meters. Sixth place was taken by Coline Mattel from France with jumps of 88.5 and 88.0 meters. To mention is also the performance of Julia Kykkänen from Finland. She jumped 92.5 and 86.0 meters and so came seventh – that’s her best career result so far and her first top ten ranking in a World Cup competition. Places eight to ten were taken by Katharina Althaus, Daniela Irschko-Stolz and Jessica Jerome.
Takanashi has now 560 points in the overall World Cup. Vogt is second with a score of 386, Avvakumova is close behind her with 375 points.