HINTERZARTEN, Germany (AP) — Defending overall World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States scored a narrow victory over Sawra Takanashi of Japan in a women's ski jump World Cup on Saturday.
Hendrickson came from behind to post her second victory of the season after winning in December in Sochi, Russia, the venue of next year's Winter Olympics. She was 0.2 points behind Coline Mattel of France in the first heat, then produced the longest jump of the second series by soaring 98.5 meters to win with 243.6 points.
"I always like this hill and I like jumping here. I was already training here before the World Cup and it went really well for me," Hendrickson said. Takanashi had the longest jump of the day at 99 meters in the first round and moved up one place to second with her second jump of 98 meters to collect 242.4 points. Mattel dropped to third at 240.4.
"I could show two good jumps and also a telemark in both rounds. I was a bit early at the take-off and hope that I can do even better tomorrow," said Takanashi, who remains in the lead overall, 139 points ahead of Hendrickson.
World champion Daniela Iraschko of Austria crashed heavily after landing in the first round when her left knee gave in. She was still undergoing tests late Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.