Ski Jumping

The Associated Press - Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 11:22 ET

Sara Takanashi wins 2nd straight World Cup ski jumping event

Japanese star cements status as gold-medal favourite for 2014 Olympics

Sara Takanashi wins ski jump in Austria
Sara Takanashi poses for media after the ski jumping World Cup event in Hinzenbach, Austria, on Sunday. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press)

Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi won her second World Cup event in two days on Sunday in Hinzenbach, Austria, cementing her status as favourite for Olympic gold in Sochi.

Takanashi had jumps of 88.5 and 92.5 metres to gain 245.2 total points for her 10th individual victory of the season.

In a repeat of Saturday's result, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria came second with 238.4 points. Julia Kykkanen of Finland was third with 234.8.

Takanashi extended her lead in the overall standings over Germany's Carina Vogt, who finished fifth, to 1,220 to 761 points. Iraschko-Stolz is third with 682.

Women's ski jumping makes its Olympic debut in Sochi with a competition on the normal hill on Feb. 11.

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