Norwegian Maren Lundby won the first Ladies’ competition in Oberstdorf and stops Sara Takanashi’s winning streak. The Japanese ski jumper won the last six competitions in Oberstdorf.
“It was really hard”, says Lundby about her jumps of 126.0 and 125.5 metres. “Katharina Althaus is really strong at the moment and you have to be in a good shape to beat her.” Lundby (270.5pts) won with an advantage of 0.4 points in front of Althaus (270.1pts) and Ursa Bogataj (244.1 pts).
The 22-year-old German also showed a good performance at her home hill with jumps of 124.5 and 128.0 metres. “I am really happy to be at the podium again”, said the ski jumper. “It is always a bit different to compete at home, but it’s also great to jump in front of family and friends.” She was happy about the 2300 spectators who cheered for the athletes.
The competition was a special one for Slovenian Ursa Bogataj. After Ljubno, the 23-year-old reached her second podium of her career: “Today I didn’t expect this place, because I am still not that good at the big hill so I am very happy.” She said about her competitors: “I think Maren and Katharina are the best ski jumpers; they are amazing.”
Another Norwegian also had a really good day in Oberstdorf: With jumps of 114.0m and 121m Norwegian Silje Opseth reached her career’s best with a fifth place.
Maren Lundby keeps the lead in the overall World Cup with 1268 points. She’s followed by Katharina Althaus (1023pts) and Sara Takanashi (856pts).
The weekend continues tomorrow with the qualification at 11.45 am and the competition at 1.00 pm.