Ski Jumping

The Associated Press - Sunday Dec. 22, 2013 10:42 ET

Sara Takanashi wins 3rd straight women's ski jump

Extends lead in overall World Cup standings

Sara Takanashi wins third straight women's ski jump
Sara Takanashi of Japan wins the ladies ski jumping World Cup in Hinterzarten, Germany., on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (Daniel Maurer/Associated Press)

Defending champion Sara Takanashi of Japan won her third straight women's ski jump World Cup competition of the season on Sunday in Hinterzarten, Germany.

The win extends her overall World Cup lead in the buildup to the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Takanashi mastered windy conditions to collect a winning total of 239.9 points with jumps of 96 and 98.5 metres.

Irina Avvakumova of Russia had jumps of 96.5 and 97.5 metres for 227.9 points.

Carina Vogt of Germany jumped 95 and 96.5 for 224.7 to finish third.

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria finished fifth to drop 95 points behind Takanashi overall. Takanashi has swept all three competitions this season.

Canada's Taylor Henrich, 18, of Calgary, Alta. finished 8th. 

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