A winning return of Iraschko-Stolz, Brecl third in Planica

This year's third race of the continental ski jumping competition for ladies was won by Austrian returnee, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Russian Alexandra Barantcheva was second and Slovenian Jerneja Brecl third.


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In the idyllic Planica ladies competed for the points of the continental cup on the 102m hill, third time in this season. As expected Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who jumped 96 and 97 meters, scored 235.0 points and won convincingly. 20.5 points behind was barely 16-year-old Russian Alexandra Barantchev, who jumped 92.5 and 92 meters, while Jerneja Brecl, who will only be 17 this year, was third and jumped 91 and 90.5 meters and collected 209.0 points. 

Iraschko-Stolz, who is already eyeing the Olympic Games in Pyongyang, was very happy to return to the ski jumps: »Of course I'm satisfied with today's victory. It is not so easy to jump after one year break because of the injury. I'm pretty happy to be back on the hill and back on the competition. Being on the podium feels like being home again. I'm really happy about that. Main goal for me is now Pyongchang, I think that now I can't lose anything anymore. Mybe I can surprise at the Olympics. I will be back in World Cup on Ljubno and then in Hinzenbach if the weather will be colder that it is now. I'm in good shape now and it is getting better after such a long break and two injures. It was really too much, but now I'm back on the road and I'm really happy about that.«

Also young Russian was happy with her performance: »It's my first competition here in Planica. I know the hill because I had some training jumps here in previous days. I'm very excited about my second place today, that is really a nice result for me. I like Planica a lot. Maybe I will jump also on Ljubno next week.« Little less satisfied was local Jerneja Brecelj, but still with a smile she commented »I'm very happy with the result today. Jumps were not perfect, but tomorrow is a new competition and a new chance to show something more.«

Other Slovenians with points were 7th Katra Komar, 14th Kaja Urbanija and 18th Pia Mazi.

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