Kasai, compatriots solid in Sapporo

SAPPORO (Kyodo) Japan’s World Cup ski jumping members finished in the top four at the HTB Cup on Saturday, with Noriaki Kasai leading the way.

The 37-year-old Kasai made the day’s longest jump of 139.5 meters and added a jump of 131.5 meters on the K-120 Okurayama Hill to earn 289.3 points at this second-tier Continental Cup event.

The veteran captured his first HTB Cup title in six years and fourth overall.

“I’m thrilled that I won despite being sleepy due to jet lag,” said Kasai. “I’m doing well. I just want to avoid injuries and get in my best form for the Olympics.”