4 January 2014

Takanashi is beatable in day of two hills

Ski jumping was occurring on two hills today, firstly the women's world cup was travelling to Russia and Chaikovsky, while the men this evening take on the third of the traditional festive Four Hills at Innsbruck, Austria.

Takanashi in action
Entering this fifth event of the women's season Japan's Sara Takanashi had been unbeaten, including in the first event on this hill yesterday. However, today it was the home favourite Irina Avvakumova who not only managed to secure the first defeat of Takanashi all season but also her first win and that on home snow. In the first round she jumped 100m the same distance as first round leader France's Caroline Mattel, but the Frenchwoman had the edge on style marks, but a disappointing 97m on her second jump saw her drop to 5th.

Avvakumova meanwhile leapt to 101.5 in the second round for a total of 249.2 points it was enough to secure the win, while Carina Vogt how had come second to Takanashi yesterday found herself there again with 101m and 99.5m for a total of 244.9 points.

World Cup leader very nearly failed to make the podium, she jumped 98.5m in each round which was only the 5th longest in the first round was good enough for 3rd farthest in the second. But German Katrina Althaus with only 97m in each round almost overtook the Japanese jumper on points due to superior style marks. Takanashi had 243.1 to Althaus on 243.0.

More on the men's competition later.

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