Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014 21:04 | By Agence France-Presse

Takanashi clinches 15th win of ski jumping season

Teenage sensation Sara Takanashi of Japan rounded off a brilliant season in the ski jump World Cup with her 15th win in the final event in Planica, Slovenia, on Saturday.

Takanashi clinches 15th win of ski jumping season

Sara Takanashi of Japan poses for a photo with her Crystal globe after winning the women's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup overall standing in Planica, Slovenia, on March 22, 2014 - by Jure Makovec

Takanashi, 17, finished the season with a phenomenal 1,720 points to run away with the World Cup crown, more than 900 points clear of her closest rival, Carina Vogt of Germany. 

She has featured on all 18 World Cup podiums this season, with one event having been cancelled, but missed out on an Olympic medal when she finished a disappointing fourth at the Sochi Games last month.

In Planica, she was the only jumper to clear 130 metres on both of her jumps, to finish well ahead of compatriot Yuki Ito and France's Julia Clair.


1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 271.6 pts (135.0m + 132.5m), 2. Yuki Ito (JPN) 244,9 (128.5 + 125.0), 3. Julia Clair (FRA) 239.3 (131.5 + 124.0)

Final World cup standings (after 19 events)

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 1720 pts, 2. Carina Vogt (GER) 806, 3. Yuki Ito (JPN) 759

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