LJUBNO, SLOVENIA – Sara Takanashi’s World Cup winning streak ended at 10 as she settled for second on Saturday.
Takanashi soared to 91.5 meters on her first jump before leaping to another 91.5 on her second attempt to finish with 263.2 points, 4.5 points behind local favorite Maja Vtic.
Takanashi, though, remains 431 points ahead of Daniela Iraschko-Stolz in the World Cup standings and can wrap up the overall title on Sunday if she widens her lead to more than 500 points.
The 19-year-old Japanese, who is on the cusp of her third career championship, said she was pleased with second place after getting a bad feel for her jumps during warmups.
“I didn’t think I’d even finish second,” said Takanashi, who won her previous overall title two years ago. “I’m happy with the jumps in the actual competition.
“I’m glad I managed to reach the podium despite the performance I had. You’ve got to be able to adjust at this slope. To be honest, I didn’t know what to do.”
Kasai misses out
Noriaki Kasai failed to reach the podium for the first time in four World Cup events after finishing seventh on Saturday.
The 43-year-old veteran leaped 219.5 and 216 meters to score 421.3 points on the 225-meter, K-200 hill, while Daiki Ito was 13th on 366.1 points.
Slovenia’s Peter Prevc claimed his 10th win of the season, the 16th of his career, with the day’s longest jump at 238.5 meters in his first attempt. He landed at 230 meters on his second jump for a total of 457.6 points.
Norwegian Johann Andre Forfang was second on 439.4 points followed by another Slovene, Robert Kranjec, in third with 429.5.