Sara Takanashi won the World Cup final in Planica ahead of Yuki Ito and Julia Clair. Crystal Globes awarded to Takanashi and Japanese team.
Sara Takanashi won also the World Cup final, that was held today in the morning on the large hill in Planica. And once more she was simply a class of her own: She jumped 135.0 and 132.5 meters and so was more than 25 points ahead of Yuki Ito, who came second with jumps of 128.5 and 125.0 meters. Julia Clair from France made a pair of jumps of 131.5 and 124.0 meters and so came third. This is the first World Cup podium in her career.
Line Jahr from Norway made a first jump of 122.0 meters and so was only tenth at half-time. But with a strong jump of 126.5 meters in the second round she eventually improved to the fourth rank. The wind changed a lot today and especially in the first round some jumpers had to fight a stiff breeze of tailwind. Thus America’s Jessica Jerome came fifth with jumps of 117.0 and 124.0 meters. For her fist round jump she scored a bonus of 17.6 wind compensation points. Maja Vitc from Slovenia and Ulrike Grässler from Germany shared the sixth place even on points. Vitc jumped 125.0 and 119.5 meters, while Grässler made jumps of 124.5 and 126.0 meters.
After the competition Takanashi, who won 15 of 18 competitions this winter, received the Crystal Globe of the overall World Cup winner. She scored 1720 points in this ranking – that’s more than double than the 806 points of second placed Carina Vogt, who did not compete in Planica because of the inflammation in her knee. With her second place today Ito improved from the fifth to the third place in this ranking. She scored 759 points. Fourth in this ranking came Russia’s Irina Avvakumova, winner of a World Cup in Chaikovsky, with 731 points. Sixth came Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (682 points). The Austrian won the two World Cups in Planica on the normal hill in January.
The Japanese team, with Takanashi and Ito, received also the award for the Nations Cup. The team scored 2981 points this winter. Second came Germany with 2364 points, Slovenia on third 1933 points.