YAMAGATA – Sara Takanashi flew to her fifth straight World Cup win on Saturday, logging 241.3 points to improve to six victories in seven competitions this season.
Takanashi logged 117.8 points on her first 94.5-meter jump to take the lead, and marked the day’s longest distance of 100 meters on her second attempt to add 123.5 points on the Kuraray Zao Schanze’s 106-meter, K-95 hill. It was her 36th career win on the World Cup circuit.
“I’m having a good season and I might have some momentum,” said Takanashi, who won Friday’s event on the same hill. “I’d like to erase the issues of today and prepare calmly for the next event.”
Slovene Maja Vtic was second on 238.7 points, followed by her compatriot Ema Klinec in third on 236.1.
Yuka Seto finished in a career-best fifth place on 228.2, with Yuki Ito two places behind in seventh on 225.4.
“I’m happy,” said Seto, who leaped an impressive 96 meters in the first round that left her 5.3 points behind Takanashi’s leading score. “(In the second round) I was nervous and wasn’t able to get much power from my legs. But as planned I did what I was capable of.”