• Kyodo


Sara Takanashi earned a narrow victory to claim her 44th career win on the women’s ski jumping World Cup circuit on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Takanashi, who earlier this month clinched her third overall World Cup crown, tallied 236.9 points to edge out runnerup Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who finished with 234.7 on Almaty’s 106-meter, K-95 hill.

“I failed on my first jump, but made up for that with my second,” Takanashi said. “Things clicked.”

“The best thing was being able to clear my mind on my second jump.”

Iraschko-Stolz led after the first round of jumps, with Takanashi 5.9 points back in third place. But Takanashi produced a 102.0-meter, 126.3-point final jump that delivered her 14th win of the season.

Slovenia’s Maja Vtic (233.9) was third, while Yuki Ito was eighth.

The competition may mark the end of the World Cup season, since the final two rounds of this season’s competition will not be held at Rasnov, Romania, as scheduled due to a lack of snow. The International Ski Federation will announce on Monday whether or not a replacement venue has been found.

“It’s a good thing I’ve won what might be the last event of the season,” Takanashi said.

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