Ski jumping: Japan's Sara Takanashi stars in World Cup for eighth win of season

Sara Takanashi of Japan soars through the air during her final jump at the women's single event at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Sara Takanashi of Japan soars through the air during her final jump at the women's single event at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany. PHOTO: EPA
Japan's Sara Takanashi celebrates winning the individual normal hill event at the FIS women's ski jumping world cup in Oberstdorf, Germany on Sunday.
Japan's Sara Takanashi celebrates winning the individual normal hill event at the FIS women's ski jumping world cup in Oberstdorf, Germany on Sunday.PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (AFP) - Japan's Sara Takanashi claimed back-to-back wins at Oberstdorf on Sunday for her eighth win of the ski jumping season, tightening her grip on the race for the World Cup title.

It was also the 19-year-old's third double of the campaign having dominated the weekends in Sapporo and Zao before coming back to Europe.

Takanashi scored 271.2 points to again see off Austrian rival, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz who was second with 257.6.

Norway's Maren Lundby was third on 254.1, claiming the day's longest jump of 104m on her second round.

Takanashi now leads the overall standings by almost 300 points ahead of the next round in Oslo on Thursday.

Results: 1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 271.2 pts (102.5 + 97.0 m), 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 257.6 (98.0 + 98.0 m), 3. Maren Lundby (NOR) 254.1 (94.0 + 104.0 m) World Cup standings (after nine of 19 rounds): 1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 880 pts, 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 589, 3. Maja Vtic (SLO) 408