Updated: 02/02/2014 03:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Japanese starlet Takanashi takes Hinzenbach honours

Japan's Olympic gold medal favourite Sara Takanashi crowned an eventful week with success at Hinzenbach in the penultimate women's World Cup ski jump before the Sochi Games.

Japanese starlet Takanashi takes Hinzenbach honours

Sara Takanashi of Japan poses after competing during the Ladies FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Planica, Slovenia, on January 26, 2014 - by Jure Makovec

The 17-year-old added this to Thursday's fourth career world junior ski jump gold in Val di Fiemme.

Last weekend she was beaten into second in both World Cup jumps on the Planica hill in Slovenia.

The world number one was registering her ninth win of the season on Saturday, with a total of 231.7 points.

Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (226.9 pts), who had got the better of Takanashi in both events last weekend, was relegated into second here with Slovenia's Maja Vtic (223.5) in third.

Takanashi will have her last chance to advertise her claims on Olympic gold in Russia back on the Hinzenbach slope on Sunday.

Women's ski jumping is making its debut at the Sochi Olympics which get underway on February 7.


1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 231.7 pts (87.0 - 90.0m), 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 226.9 (82.0 - 90.5 m), 3. Maja Vtic (SLO) 223.5 (88.5 - 85.0m), 4. Carina Vogt (GER) 217.2 (81.5 - 86.5 m), 5. Yuki Ito (JAP) 213.8 (83.0 - 83.5 m)

World Cup standings (after 12 of 19 events)

1. Sara Takanashi (JPN) 1120 pts, 2. Carina Vogt (GER) 716, 3. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 602, 4. Irina Avvakumova (RUS) 529, 5. Yuki Ito (JPN) 399,

6. Coline Mattel (FRA) 343 

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