Updated: 01/05/2014 01:50 | By Agence France-Presse

Takanashi suffers first defeat of season

Home hopeful Irina Avvakumova triumphed at the Russian resort of Chaikovsky on Saturday, inflicting a first defeat of the season on Japanese starlet Sara Takanashi.

Takanashi suffers first defeat of season

Russia's Irina Avvakumova takes a jump during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies competition on December 22, 2013 in Hinterzarten, southern Germany

A day after finishing third at the same venue, the 22-year-old Avvakumova claimed her first victory on the circuit with two jumps over 100 metres for a total of 249.2 points.

Germany's Carina Vogt finished second for the second consecutive day with 244.9 points, while Takanashi was third with 243.1 points.

The 17-year-old Takanashi, who won the first four events of the season, remains comfortably out in front in the overall standings, with Avvakumova in second spot.

"My jumps were not as good as I wanted today," said the Japanese teenager.

"I hope it'll go better again next time. Right now I make many technical mistakes and I'll try to improve that in the upcoming competitions."


1. Irina Avvakumova (RUS) 249.2 pts (100.0 + 101.5 m), 2. Carina Vogt (GER) 244.9 (101.0 + 99.0 m), 3. Sara Takanashi (JAP) 243.1 (98.5 + 98.5 m), 4. Katharina Althaus (GER) 243 (67.0 + 97.0), 5. Coline Mattel (FRA) 241.5 (100.0 + 97.0 m)

Overall standings (after five of 19 events)

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 460 pts, 2. Irina Avvakumova (RUS) 315, 3. Carina Vogt (GER) 306, 4. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 277, 5. Ema Klinec (SLO) 175

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