LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY – Sara Takanashi came from behind with a 98-meter jump to win the women’s individual normal hill event at a World Cup meet in Norway on Saturday.
The 16-year-old Takanashi was in third place after a first-round jump of 96 meters, but her second effort was enough to secure her a second World Cup win with 265.2 points.
Last season’s overall champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States was second with 261.4 points and Norway’s Anette Sagen was third with 258.9. Yuki Ito placed 17th and Ayumi Watase was 30th.
“My timing was a bit off on the first jump,” said Takanashi, who won her first World Cup event in Japan in March. “I was able to put that right on the second jump and I felt it was my best of the season, so my fist-pumping celebration came spontaneously.”
Taku Takeuchi was ninth for the highest finish among Japanese in the men’s event, won by Germany’s Severin Freund with 268.5 points.