SAPPORO – Sara Takanashi won her third straight competition on the women’s ski jumping World Cup circuit Sunday.
Takanashi, who has now won four of the five individual events held this season, was first with 257.8 points on Sapporo’s Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium’s 100-meter, K-90 hill.
“I think I’m riding a good wave,” said Takanashi. “I was not quite as sharp physically. While not fully satisfied with myself, I think I did a decent job catching the wind and going beyond the K point.”
Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, the Sochi Olympics silver medalist and the only woman to beat Takanashi in an individual competition this season, was second with 241.4 points after finishing third in Saturday’s competition. Austria’s Jaqueline Seifriedsberger was third with 231.9.
Takanashi took the first-round with a 97-meter jump that earned her 131.7 points. Her 94-meter second jump was scored at 126.1, the day’s third best, behind Iraschko-Stolz’s 126.7-point on her first 99.5-meter jump, a leap that set the World Cup distance record.
“I was curious because of the noise from the crowd,” said Takanashi, who was waiting for her turn to jump when she heard the reaction to Iraschko-Stolz’s effort.
For the second straight day, however, the 19-year-old Takanashi impressed with her form, with her two jumps receiving the judges’ two highest sets of marks and Iraschko-Stolz, last season’s World Cup champ, conceded she feels she is up against an “android” in the remarkably consistent Takanashi.
Yuki Ito, who finished 10th the day before, slipped to 11th with 207.1 points.