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Olympics: Vogt wins first women's ski jump gold, Takanashi fourth

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:20 AM
 
Germany's Carina Vogt celebrates winning gold in the Women's Ski Jumping Normal Hill Individual Final Round at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 11, 2014. Carina Vogt made history on Tuesday, winning the first ever women's ski jumping event at an Olympic Games in a nail-biting finale that left favourite Sara Takanashi off the podium. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AFP) - Germany's Carina Vogt made history on Tuesday, winning the first ever women's ski jumping event at an Olympic Games in a nail-biting finale that left favourite Sara Takanashi off the podium.

Vogt, who already led after the first run, grabbed a total 247.4 points with jumps of 103 and 97.5 metres, and sank to her knees in tears after seeing the results.

Austrian favourite and 2011 world champion Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was second with 246.2 points, ahead of France's Coline Mattel at 245.2 points.

But the big surprise was the complete absence on the podium of Japanese teen sensation Takanashi, currently World Cup leader and Youth Olympic champion.

 
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