Takanashi soars to ninth ski jumping triumph


Berlin (AFP)

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.


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