World Cup leader Takanashi finishes second to Hendrickson in Germany

Kyodo, AP

Women’s World Cup ski jump leader Sara Takanashi finished second to American Sarah Hendrickson in Hinterzarten on Saturday.

Takanashi was third after her first jump, a 99-meter effort in favorable wind that was the day’s longest on the K-95 hill, but she lost points with the judges. Her second jump of 98 meters lifted her past France’s Coline Mattel, who led after the first jump.

“My first jump was OK, but the timing of my takeoff on the second jump was a little on the late side,” Takanashi said. “My Telemark posture is still not that solid.”

The 16-year-old Takanashi, who leads the World Cup standings with 570 points, was coming off a fourth-place last Sunday that was her worst finish of the season.

Hendrickson, who was second after a 97.5-meter first jump, hit a 98.5-meter second effort to win the gold. She moved into second place in the standings with 421 points with Mattel third on 406.

Yuki Ito made jumps of 96 and 90.5 meters to finish 18th, while Seiko Koasa (86.0, 87.5) was 29th.

In the men’s competition in Zakopane, Poland, Anders Jacobsen of Norway won the event. Overall leader Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was eighth on his return from an illness.