Ski Jumping: Strong Winds Strand Takanashi In 12th Place


Ski jumping: Strong winds strand Takanashi in 12th placeJapanese phenomenon Sara Takanashi finished 12th in a women's World Cup meet on Saturday for her worst placing in over a year.

The second jump was delayed and eventually canceled due to high winds at Sapporo's Miyanomori-Schanze's K-90 normal hill. The 16-year-old Takanashi, who leads the World Cup standings and has four individual gold medals on the circuit this season, earned 99.1 points from an 85-meter jump. She had no chance to move up in the standings when the second jump was canceled.

It was her worst finish since Jan. 7, 2012, when she was 17th in a World Cup jump in Hinterzarten, Germany.

Takanashi still leads the overall standings with 692 points from nine events. Coline Mattel of France, who won Saturday's event with 120.2 points, is second in the season standings with 548 points, while 18-year-old American Sarah Hendrickson, last season's champion, is third with 537 points.

Austria's Jacqueline Seifriedsberger was second on Saturday behind Mattel, while Norway's Anette Sagen was third.