Ski jumper Sara Takanashi missed out on winning Japan's first medal of the Beijing Olympics, finishing fourth in a disappointing women's normal hill performance on Saturday at Zhangjiakou National Ski Jumping Centre.

Takanashi, with one bronze from the Pyeongchang Games four years earlier after twice being a gold-medal favorite, was fifth after a 108.7-point first jump, and moved up a place in the final round to finish with 224.1 points.

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