Slovenia's Klinec first woman ski jumper to surpass 200m mark

Ljubljana, 18 March - Slovenia's Ema Klinec became the first woman ski jumper to surpass the 200-metre mark in an official competition by landing at 203 metres at the Vikersund ski flying hill in Norway as part of Saturday's training.

Planica
Eme Klinec competing at the Nordic Ski World Championship in Slovenia.
Photo: An┼że Malovrh/STA
File photo

Klinec was reserved in the first series as the woman ski jumpers tried a ski flying hill for the first time, landing at 172 metres. In the second series the Slovenian landed at 203 metres to set the world record, which has since been surpassed.

In the last series, the 200-metre mark was also surpassed by Maren Lundby of Norway (212.5 m), after which favourable wind conditions helped Alexandria Louitt of Canada to land at 222 metres for the new world record for women.

Klinec was very close to this mark in the last series, landing at 221 metres while gaining considerably more points that Louitt because she started from a lower ramp.

The 24-year-old Slovenian heads the overall standings in the Ski Jumping World Cup ahead of Sunday's event in Vikersund.

zm/zm
© STA, 2023