Updated: Monday, 23 December 2013 02:24 | By Agence France-Presse

Imperious Takanashi maintains perfect record

Japanese ski jump phenomenon Sara Takanashi made it three wins from three World Cup events this season on Sunday when she won in Hinterzarten, Germany.


Imperious Takanashi maintains perfect record

Japan's Sara Takanashi is pictured after the second round of FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies competition on December 22, 2013 in Hinterzarten, southern Germany

The 17-year-old -- recording her 12th career victory -- won with a total of 239.9 points for her second victory of the weekend.

Takanashi, who is one of the hottest bets for an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, in February, said that her most dangerous rival had been the elements.

"The conditions were challenging today, the wind changed a lot and this made it difficult to jump," she said.

"I'm very happy about my performance here and I like the hill a lot."

Russian Irina Avvakumova, who was third on Saturday, took second (227.9) while Carina Vogt of Germany took the final podium spot (224.7).

While Avvakumova professed herself delighted with her two podium placings from the weekend, Vogt was overjoyed to have forced her way into the top three.

"I'm very happy about my performance because it was my first podium finish this season, and that in Germany," said Vogt.

"That's awesome. The trial round was pretty difficult for me, it went better in the competition. The conditions were better than in the morning, also for me. I was able to show two good jumps."

Results

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 239.9pts (96.0-98.5metres), 2. Irina Avvakumova (RUS) 227.9 (96.5-97.5m), 3. Carina Vogt (GER) 224.7 (95.0-96.5)

Overall standings

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 300pts, 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 205, 3. Irina Avvakumova (RUS) 155

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