Takanashi soars to ninth ski jumping triumph

Berlin (AFP) –

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Japan's Sara Takanashi claimed her ninth win in 10 rounds of this season's ski jumping World Cup when she triumphed at Oslo's famed Holmenkollen hill on Thursday.

The 19-year-old's victory represented her 39th career win as she took another huge step to a third World Cup title.

Takanashi jumped 137.5m and then 136m for a total of 305.8 points with Norway's Maren Lundy (285.1 pts) and Irina Avvakumova of Russia (254.7 pts) taking the other podium spots.

Takanashi now has a 331-point lead over Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Soltz with nine rounds left.

Results:

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 305.8 pts (137.5 + 136.0 m), 2. Maren Lundby (NOR) 285.1 (136.5 + 134.0 m), 3. Irina Avvakumova (RUS) 254.7 (130.0 + 125.0 m), 4. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 253.1 (128.0 + 126.0 m)

World Cup standings (after 10 of 19 rounds):

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 980 pts, 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 649, 3. Maja Vtic (SLO) 448