Takanashi denied opportunity to break season record


Ski-jumping queen Sara Takanashi has been denied the chance to break her own record number of season wins after the FIS decided not to replace this weekend’s final meet.

The 19-year-old, who had already won the overall World Cup globe, claimed her 14th win out of 19 on the women’s World Cup circuit in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last Sunday, which left her one short of her own record of 15 wins from the 2013-14 season.

But warm temperatures in southeast Europe means she has been denied to equal or break her record at the final two meetings of the season this weekend in Rasnov, Romania, which have been canceled by the sport’s governing body, the FIS.

There will be no replacement and the season is now over with Takanashi set to receive her trophy on March 20 in Planica, Slovenia, after the final men’s competition.

“Because of the continuously mild temperatures in Rasnov it was not possible to have the hill ready for jumping next weekend,” explained race director Chika Yoshida on the FIS website.

“From a sporting point of view, the overall World Cup is already decided.

“Sara Takanashi leads by an uncatchable margin ahead … so this cancellation has no influence on the result of the overall World Cup this winter and this makes the decision easier from a sporting perspective.”