Japan’s Yuki Ito claimed victory in the first women’s competition at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping World Cup here today, but a second place finish was enough for compatriot Sara Takanashi to seal the overall series win.
Takanashi had produced the best jump during the opening round of the World Cup event, which is doubling as a test event for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
The Japanese star achieved a distance of 97.5 metres, which saw her rewarded with a tally of 123.9 points at the halfway stage of the event.
She was closely followed by Ito and Germany’s Romana Straub, who boasted totals of 118.1 and 114.0 respectively.
Takanashi would be unable to back up her opening round effort with an equally strong second jump, as her 94m effort only scored 101 points.
It was the fifth furthest jump of the round, with Ito managing a huge 101.5m to end the competition with a winning total of 234.4.
The podium would be completed by Takanashi and Slovenia’s Ema Klinec, with the duo ending with totals of 224.9 and 218.7 points respectively.
Takanashi’s second place on the day would see her confirmed as the World Cup winner for the fourth time, as she moved onto 1,275 points.
Second placed Ito is 247 behind, but with only two competitions left in the season, she can no longer catch her compatriot.
“It's really nice that the overall World Cup was already decided today,” said Takanashi.
“In the first round I had a good jump, in the second round I was late at the take-off.
“The wind conditions were okay for me, I had no problems.”
Stefan Kraft would claim a dominant victory in the men’s event, achieving the best jump in both rounds.
His jumps of 138m and 137.5m respectively saw the Austrian finish the competition with a winning total of 293.5 points.
Germany’s Andreas Wellinger finished as the runner-up with 279.8, some way adrift of the night’s winner.
World Cup leader Kamil Stoch of Poland would complete the podium positions, ending with a tally of 268.2.
The third place finish keeps Stoch at the head of the overall standings on 1,240 points, but Kraft is now just 100 behind in second.
Both men’s and women’s jumpers will take part in a second competition in Pyeongchang tomorrow.