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Sara Takanashi easily won the women’s normal hill title on the first day of the All Japan Championships on Saturday after clearing the K-point in both her jumps.

The 19-year-old reached 92 meters in her first attempt for the day’s longest successful jump before again reaching the 90-meter K-point on her second at Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium, notching 231.5 points in total to win with a margin of 60.5 points. No other jumpers went as far as 80 meters on their first jump.

“I can go into winter season smoothly” said Takanashi, who won her fourth consecutive women’s individual summer Grand Prix title in September. “My daily training has been proved effective. I can make a new start (to the winter season) with confidence.”

Kenshiro Ito won the men’s title after the 25-year-old marked 93.5 and 85 meters for 222.5 points in total.

Until now, the All Japan Championships had been held around February, but were moved up this year since many professionals would be overseas at that time. Although the hills were in winter condition, jumpers completed their landings on an artificial surface.

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