Takanashi soars to ski jump win


Teen Sara Takanashi took her second World Cup win of the season Friday, extending her lead in the women’s ski jump standings.

The 16-year-old Takanashi, who also won the season-opening event in Lillehammer, Norway last month, scored a total of 241.0 points with jumps of 86.5 and 91.5 meters.

Coline Mattel of France came in second with 238.6 points, while Austria’s Daniela Iraschko took third place with a score of 235.5.

Ayumi Watase and Yurika Hirayama came in 26th and 27th, respectively. Yuki Ito, Yurina Yamada and Yoshiko Kasai failed to advance to the second round of jumps.

Going into the holiday break, Takanashi sits atop the overall World Cup standings with 340 points, leading Mattel (266 points) and last season’s overall champion, American Sarah Hendrickson (252 points).