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Takanashi triumphs in Hokkaido

Kyodo

World Cup winner Sara Takanashi won the International Miyasama Ski Games title on Friday, notching 248.0 points on Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium’s normal hill.

The 19-year-old Takanashi, who won her third overall World Cup title last month, returned to her native Hokkaido and led with a 94.5-meter jump before landing the day’s longest jump of 95 meters with her second effort at the 100-meter, K-90 hill.

Takanashi won 14 of 17 events en route to the World Cup title and was a class apart as no other jumpers reached the 90-meter mark in wind and light snow.

“This season, I’ve managed to recover after my first jumps,” Takanashi said. “The hills vary a lot in the World Cup so I need that ability to remain consistent.”

The World Cup season came to a premature finish with the final two rounds of jumps scheduled for the weekend canceled due to insufficient snow. Now, Takanashi is set to conclude her season on Saturday on a large hill in Sapporo.

“I’m glad to have been able to return to Japan and compete, but I’m disappointed they (the World Cup jumps) were canceled,” she said. “There’re only a few opportunities to jump (on large hills) and I’ll try to round off with a display I can be satisfied with.”