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Hendrickson wins women’s ski jump

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VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP)

American teenager Sarah Hendrickson won the women’s ski jumping title Friday, defeating Sara Takanashi of Japan at the Nordic skiing world championships.

The 18-year-old Hendrickson had a 347-foot, 9-inch effort on the first jump and scored a total of 253.7 points.

Takanashi finished with 251 points, followed by Jacqueline Seifriedsberger of Austria with 237.2

It is a positive sign for Hendrickson ahead of next year’s Olympics, where women’s ski jumping be featured for the first time.

The 16-year-old Takanashi has won the last four World Cup events. She also captured the junior world championship title last month, where Hendrickson finished sixth.

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