Ski Jumping - Takanashi back to winning ways in style in native Japan

Reigning women's ski jumping World Cup champion Sara Takanashi gave her Japanese home crowd exactly what they wanted as she roared back to winning ways in Sapporo.


Having cruised to victory in the first four World Cups of the season, Takanashi suffered a somewhat shock defeat last time out in Chaykovsky and it wasn't because of Sarah Hendrickson. The American world champion is still yet to return from injury with Russian Irina Avvakumova and German Carina Vogt getting the better of Takanashi on that occasion. However she wasn't prepared to let that happen on home soil as the World Cup tour makes two stops in Japan with two competitions in Sapporo and two in Zao and indeed it didn't. Takanashi was a clear winner with a hill-record equaling leap of 99m first up before a jump of 94.5m gave her an overall total of 254.5 with Vogt placing second for the third successive time. Vogt posted a total of 240.7 after two jumps of 94.5m while Avvakumova moved down to third in Sapporo with a score of 224.1 points overall. The Russian denied a Japanese one-three with Yuki Ito ranking fourth with 219.6 points having jumped 84m in round one and an impressive 95m in round two, the second biggest effort.

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