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Takanashi cruises to NHK Cup win

Kyodo

Sara Takanashi eased to the NHK Cup title on Sunday after landing a pair of over-130-meter jumps at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium’s K-120 hill.

Takanashi, who won her third World Cup title last season, reached 134 meters with her first jump, the day’s longest, and also marked 130 with her second to score 268.7 points, way ahead of runner-up Yuki Ito on 200.1.

“I could jump comfortably,” said the 20-year-old Takanashi. “I might not have had enough emphasis with my Telemark landing.

“There’s the world championships (in February next year) and then the Olympics (in 2018). I’d like to up my level.”

Daiki Ito won the men’s title after coming up with 135 and 137.5-meter jumps to log 293.0 points.

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