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Ski jumping: Austrians went empty-handed in Japan’s triple victory

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Chiara Kreuzer was fifth best Austrian.
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With difficult inrun and landing conditions due to sleet, Chiara Kreuzer was again the best of the ÖSV team on Sunday in a Japanese triple success in fifth place. The five-time winner of the season, Eva Pinkelnig, did not get past 13th place, but she is still clearly ahead in the overall rankings before the home World Cup in Hinzenbach next weekend.

Yuki Ito, Nozomi Maruyama and Sara Takanashi ensured Japan’s first treble win in the Women’s World Cup. Abigail Strate from Canada was well ahead of Kreuzer. The Salzburg athlete was satisfied, but her jumps were not ideal. “It would have been a bit more. I still have enough potential, that makes me happy and hungry for more,” said Kreuzer.

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Pinkelnig (“Chapeau to the Japanese women”) didn’t really get going on the big hill again. “I’m a bit lacking in energy, it’s been a bit much lately,” said the woman from Vorarlberg, referring to many competitions and appointments recently that had taken a lot of strength. Falls from the past would also have played a role mentally. But she will try to recharge her batteries in the few days before the competitions on the much smaller home hill. “I’m looking forward to Hinzenbach, where I really want to step on the gas again.”

In the overall World Cup, Pinkelnig is still 139 points ahead of Katharina Althaus. After her victory on Saturday, the German ended up in eighth place this time. A number of otherwise competing athletes were not at the start this weekend because they are taking part in the Junior World Championships in Canada. Defending World Cup champion Sara Marita Kramer was also absent, as she is still working on her less-than-ideal form in training with a view to the World Championships in Planica.

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