Austria’s Marita Kramer topped qualification in Ramsau ©Getty Images

Austria’s Marita Kramer topped qualification as the delayed International Ski Federation (FIS) Women's Ski Jumping World Cup season began in Ramsau.

Kramer achieved a distance of 93.5 metres in qualification, which saw the local ski jumper finish on 128.1 points.

Slovenia’s Nika Kriznar finished in second place after jumping 93m.

She ended with a score of 120.8.

The top three was completed by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, with the Austrian jumping 89m for 116.2 points.

Iraschko-Stolz was 0.2 clear of Norway’s Maren Lundby, the defending World Cup champion.

Lundby will begin tomorrow’s competition as one of the favourites to secure victory.

The women’s World Cup circuit was initially scheduled to open in Japan, but competition in Sapporo was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Uncertainty over the global health crisis also led to the Norwegian Ski Association and the FIS opting to move the competition in Lillehammer to later in the season.

The Austrian Ski Association proposed Ramsau as a host to ensure the season could begin.

The competition is a rare Ski Jumping World Cup at the Austrian venue, as the only women's event held there to date came back in December 2012.

The sole men's Ski Jumping World Cup competition in Ramsau took place in 1998, one year prior to the venue hosting the Nordic World Ski Championships.

The World Cup event is taking place alongside Nordic combined competition in Ramsau.

A women’s normal hill event will take place tomorrow, with the men’s competition due to take place on Saturday (December 19) and Sunday (December 20).