ZAO, Japan (AP) — Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi won her seventh women’s ski jump World Cup event of the season on Saturday, continuing her dominance ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
Despite falling on the landing of her jump of 104 meters, Takanashi received 110.8 points for her 16th career victory. The 17-year-old will be the overwhelming favorite to become the sport’s first female Olympic champion next month when women’s ski jumping makes its debut.
Yuki Ito of Japan was second after a jump of 96.5 meters while Germany’s Carina Vogt was third at 93 meters. The second round of jumps was cancelled due to high winds.
Takanashi has won all but one of eight world cup events this season and has 760 points in the overall standings, 294 points ahead of Vogt.