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Takanashi captures seventh straight crown

Kyodo

Japan’s Sara Takanashi matched her career best Sunday with a seventh consecutive World Cup ski jumping title, claiming victory for a second straight day at a competition in Germany.

Takanashi overcame rain and tailwind and had two of the day’s longest jumps — 102.5 meters and 97 meters — on the K-95 hill to earn her 38th overall win with a total of 271.2 points.

“I’ve never jumped in rainy condition in the winter but it was a good contest despite the rain,” said the 19-year-old, who equaled the World Cup winning streak record she set in the 2013-2014 season.

“I opted out of the trial run because I didn’t want my gear to get wet. If my boots get wet it affects my weight. I knew what I was up against after yesterday’s contest,” she said.

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who was last season’s overall World Cup champion, finished second with 257.6 points, and Maren Lundby of Norway was third with 254.1 points.

Takanashi will be aiming to pick up her eighth World Cup win in as many meets when she takes part in the season’s only large hill event on Feb. 4 in Norway.

She is currently on top of the World Cup leaderboard in the women’s category with 880 points, 281 points ahead of Iraschko-Stolz.

Watabe settles for silver

KYODO

Akito Watabe had to settle for a third straight second-place finish in a Nordic combined World Cup meet on Sunday.

Watabe, who reached the podium for the fifth successive competition, allowed Eric Frenzel of Germany to come from behind in the 10-km cross-country race to clinch his fifth victory of the season.

“Terrible. It was a race I should have won,” said Watabe, who has yet to win this season.