Takanashi wins 1st ski jumping World Cup event of season

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi won her first ski jumping World Cup event of the season on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Takanashi had jumps of 97 and 98 meters at the Miyanomori hill for a total of 249.9 points.

Takanashi is bidding for her third straight overall World Cup title.

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria came second, 18.8 points back after jumps of 89.5 and 94 meters. Slovenia’s Spela Rogelj, who won the season-opening event in Lillehammer last month, was third with jumps of 88.5 and 96.5 meters for 226.3 points.

Sarah Hendrickson of the United States was fifth with 221.6 points while Sochi Olympic gold medalist Carina Vogt of Germany was seventh with 216.9 points.

Takanashi, Iraschko-Stolz and Rogelj are tied for the overall lead with 160 points after two events.