OBERSTDORF, GERMANY – Sara Takanashi extended her winning streak to six events with a commanding victory at a women’s World Cup meet in Germany on Saturday.
The 19-year-old from Hokkiado took the lead with a first jump of 104 meters and sealed victory with the day’s longest leap of 107 meters in the second round for 278.5 points.
Sochi Olympic silver medalist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria was a distant second with 251.7 points and Ema Klinec of Slovenia was third with 250.2.
Takanashi has six wins out of seven World Cup events this season and Saturday’s victory was the 37th of her career.
“I had a good image in my mind for both of the jumps,” said Takanashi. “My timing was a bit off in practice but I was able to turn it around when the competition started. I enjoyed myself.”
Takanashi is looking to reclaim her overall World Cup title after her hopes of making it three in a row ended when Iraschko-Stolz won the crown last season.
Also for Japan, Yuki Ito was 10th, Yuka Seto was 11th and Kaori Iwabuchi was 19th.
Watabe in second place
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Akito Watabe finished runnerup for the second time in two days in the second leg of the Nordic Combined Triple at a World Cup meet in Austria on Saturday.
Watabe once again led following the ski jumping after a 103.5 meter effort and took a four-second advantage into the 10-km cross country race.
He shared the lead with Eric Frenzel for most of the race, but the German pulled away in the final lap to finish 24.9 seconds clear for his second straight win and fourth of the season. Germany’s Fabian Riessle was third.
“I’m satisfied with my performance today,” Watabe said after his fourth straight podium finish.
“I had a good jump again on the hill and was leading. It was quite good for me and I tried to do my best on the track also, but Eric was unbelievably fast and unbeatable today.
“Hats off to him today but I will never give up (trying) to beat him. I’ll never give up and try and do my best tomorrow.”
The top 30 skiers after the second leg advance to Sunday’s final round, which features two jumps and concludes with a 15-km race.