Blue Bird in Nizhny Tagil: Kramer wins again, Kriznar returns to the World Cup lead

Marita Kramer
Marita Kramer

Marita Kramer won the Sunday competition of the Blue Bird tournament in Nizhny Tagil (HS97). The athlete from Austria triumphed thanks to jumps of 97.5 and 94.5 meters. The second place was taken by Nika Kriznar, who regained the lead in FIS World Cup. The previous leader, Sara Takanashi was third.

Marita Kramer was already in the lead after the first round. The leader of the Blue Bird reached 97.5 meters and was 7.1 points ahead of Sara Takanashi (95.5 m) and 8.2 points ahead of Nika Kriznar (93.5 m). Silje Opseth (92 m) took the fourth place, Nozomi Maruyama (91 m) was fifth, and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (88 m) was sixth.

The ranking of best ten athletes of the first round was completed by Katharina Althaus (86.5 m), Anna Rupprecht (87.5 m), Luisa Goerlich (84.5 m) and Thea Minyan Bjoerseth (84.5 m).

In the final, Marita Kramer confirmed her high condition with a jump of 94.5 meters. The Austrian won with an advantage of 10.8 points over Nika Kriznar (94 m). Sara Takanashi (88.5 m) stood on the lowest step of the podium, followed by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (96.5 m), Nozomi Maruyama (93 m) and Silje Opseth (90 m).

Katharina Althaus (93 m) finished seventh, Thea Minyan Bjoerseth (90 m) was eighth, Yuki Ito (87 m) was ninth, and Chiara Hoelzl (89 m) took the tenth place.

Thanks to the Sunday win, Marita Kramer (475.2 points) strengthened her lead in the Blue Bird overall standings. Sara Takanashi is second (454.1) and Nika Kriznar is third (450.4).

Nika Kriznar (751 points) returned to the lead of FIS World Cup, 5 points ahead of Sara Takanashi (746) and 91 points ahead of Marita Kramer (660).

The final competitions of the 2020-2021 FIS World Cup season will be held next week, March 26-28 in Chaikovsky (HS102 and HS140). The race program includes three events – two individual and one team competition.

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