• Kyodo


Hiroki Yamada came from behind to win his first national title when he cruised to victory in the men’s field at the ski jumping national championships on Saturday.

Yamada, who was fifth after his first jump of 94.5 meters, collected 251.1 points after a favorable wind assisted him to a second leap of 95.5 meters on the K-90 hill, outscoring Masahiko Harada by just half a point.

Defending champion Takanobu Okabe finished with 245.0 points for third.

In women’s action, Izumi Yamada took the top honors with 205.5 points for her second straight national victory. She recorded jumps of 84 and 85 meters.

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