• Kyodo


Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito finished second and third, respectively, at the first summer Grand Prix competition of the season on Friday.

Takanashi started off with a jump of 89.0 meters and tried to make up for it with a 90.0 for a score of 220.1, but was unable to beat Germany’s Katharina Althaus, whose 230.8 (95.0, 88.5) handed her the win.

Ito had a 219.0 after leaping to 91.0 and 85.0.

Takanashi lamented the quality of her first attempt, which she was never expecting.

“I failed my first jump and I managed to recover from it in my second, but I was too inconsistent,” said the 20-year-old Takanashi, who took the overall World Cup title last season.

“I can’t regroup after a bad jump and that’s my weakness,” the Pyeongchang Olympic medal favorite added. “I can’t keep holding on to negative thoughts. I need to refocus and keep trying.”

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