Ski Jumping

The Associated Press - Sunday Jan. 12, 2014 10:09 ET

Sara Takanashi wins 2nd straight ski jump on home soil

Extends lead in World Cup standings

Sara Takanashi wins third straight women's ski jump
Sara Takanashi of Japan won her second straight ski jump World Cup on home soil Sunday in Sapporo, Japan. (Daniel Maurer/Associated Press)

Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi won her second straight women's ski jump World Cup event on home soil Sunday, continuing her dominance ahead of the Sochi Olympics.

Takanashi had jumps of 97 and 91 metres for a total of 237.1 points to extend her lead in the World Cup standings. The 17-year-old, who also won Saturday's event, will be the overwhelming favourite to become the sport's first female Olympic champion next month when women's ski jumping makes its debut in Sochi.

Coline Mattel of France finished second with 219.8 points followed by Russia's Irina Avvakumova, who was third with 215.3 points.

It was the sixth title of the season for Takanashi who has 660 points in the overall World Cup standings, 225 points ahead of Avvakumova.

Takanashi has won six of seven World Cup events this season and a record 15 titles overall. She will be looking to add to her haul next weekend in Zao, Japan.

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