Hendrickson wins women’s ski jump

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


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.