Sara Takanashi won today's women's event ©Getty Images

Overall women's leader Marita Kramer was prevented from competing at Ski Jumping World Cup in Râșnov for a second successive day because of a COVID-19 dispute as Japan's Sara Takanashi followed up silver with gold.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) said the 19-year-old Austrian "could not compete due to a positive COVID-19 test".

"Even though she also tested negative various times, the Romanian authorities did not allow her to participate in the competition," the FIS added.

Kramer missed yesterday’s first competition, according to FIS, after arriving with "an invalid COVID-19 test", which meant she had to take a further test that would enable her to take part, assuming it was negative.

In her absence, Takanashi, who finished behind Slovenia’s Nika Križnar yesterday, moved up to gold after jumps of 92 and 99 metres saw her amass 239.2 points.

Silje Opseth of Norway was second on 232.9 after jumps of 90.5 and 95 metres, and Križnar third on 228.6.

Victory handed Takanashi her 60th World Cup win, with her recent form ideally timed ahead of the start of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf next week.

Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi won his second Ski Jumping World Cup event in the space of a week in the Romanian resort of Râșnov today ©Getty Images
Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi won his second Ski Jumping World Cup event in the space of a week in the Romanian resort of Râșnov today ©Getty Images

"My technique is getting better and better so I am very satisfied with both the result and the jumps," Takanashi said.

"The level of women's Ski Jumping is getting higher, so it is more and more difficult to get on the podium."

Križnar’s bronze was enough to maintain the overall lead she had taken over from Kramer after her opening win.

She has 611 points after nine of this season’s 16 scheduled events.

Takanashi is now just five points behind her, with Opseth knocking Kramer off the podium places with 477.

Kramer is fourth on 460 having been unable to add to her tally in Romania.

Norway’s Halvor Egner Granerud, winner of six of the previous seven World Cup competitions, did not make the podium today as Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi, who earned his first World Cup win since 2019 in Zakopane last weekend, repeated the trick.

Kobayashi finished with 257.9 points, ahead of Poland's Kamil Stoch, who scored 256.3, and Karl Geiger of Germany, who totalled 255.7.

Granerud finished 29th and second last in the second round after being disqualified - the same fate as befell yesterday's prologue winner Markus Eisenbichler of Germany, who was 30th.

The Norwegian still has a healthy lead in the overall standings, however.

After 22 of the 28 scheduled events he has 1544 points, with Eisenbichler on 1,018 and Stoch third in 944.

The first joint men's and women's Ski Jumping World Cup will conclude with a mixed team event tomorrow.