Nika Kriznar won the World Cup competition for the first time in her career. The Slovenian athlete triumphed in Friday’s event at Aigner-Schanze (HS90) in Hinzenbach with jumps of 89 and 90.5 meters. Ema Klinec was second and Eirin Maria Kvandal was third.
Originally, Sara Takanashi was in the lead after the first round. The four-time winner of the Crystal Globe reached the distance of 91.5 meters. However, the Japanese athlete was disqualified for her suit.
Thus, at the halfway point of the competition in Hinzenbach, the leader was Ema Klinec (90.5 m) ahead of Nika Kriznar (89 m) and Marita Kramer (87 m). Eirin Maria Kvandal (84.5 m), Ursa Bogataj (81.5 m) and Carina Vogt (82.5 m) were ranked behind the best three athletes.
The top ten of first round was completed by Irina Avvakumova (79 m), Lisa Eder (81 m), Katharina Althaus (78.5 m) and Josephine Pagnier (79.5 m).
In the final, Nika Kriznar made the longest jump of the round. The Slovenian achieved a result of 90.5 meters and she could celebrate a premiere victory in FIS World Cup competition, beating her teammate Ema Klinec (86.5 m) by 0.8 points. Third place went to Eirin Maria Kvandal (90 m), who turned out to be better than Marita Kramer (85.5 m), Irina Avvakumova (85.5 m) and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (84 m).
Josephine Pagnier (84 m) finished seventh. The eighth place was taken together by Ursa Bogataj (81 m), Lisa Eder (83 m) and Silje Opseth (82.5 m).
The leader of FIS World Cup overall standings is Marita Kramer (410 points), ahead of Nika Kriznar (291 points) and Ema Klinec (265 points).
The second competition in Hinzenbach will take place on Saturday. The qualification will start at 11:30 AM and the individual event at Aigner-Schanze (HS90) is scheduled at 12:45 PM.