• Kyodo


Sara Takanashi won her ninth straight World Cup competition and the 40th of her career on Saturday.

The 19-year-old posted the day’s two longest jumps, 93.5 and 93 meters, to rack up 257.2 points in an overwhelming victory over runnerup and local favorite Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria with 238.9. Maren Lundby of Norway was third, 0.4 points further back on the 94-meter, K-85 hill.

Despite her impressive distances and victory margin, Takanashi said it was not a perfect day.

“On both jumps, my timing was late,” Takanashi said. “Though my timing was late, I was able to get good distances. I think that was because I’ve developed some ability to recover in midflight.”

Takanashi, who won two straight overall World Cup championships until she was beaten to the title last season by Iraschko-Stolz, has now won 10 of 11 events on the circuit this season. Takanashi leads Iraschko-Stolz, the season’s only other winner, in the standings 1,080 points to 729 with eight events left on the calendar.

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