Sara Takanashi claims record 54th career World Cup win

March 24, 2018
Japan's Sara Takanashi soars through the air to win the Ladies' Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Sara Takanashi claimed her first ski jumping World Cup win of the season to finally overtake Gregor Schlierenzauer with her record 54th career win on Saturday.

The four-time World Cup winner from Japan, who ceded her season title to Maren Lundby of Norway, soared 100.5 meters with her first jump and 96.5 in her second for a total of 227.1 points. She beat Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria by 3.0 points and Lundby by 5.4.

It was Takanashi’s fifth consecutive win in Oberstdorf.

Schlierenzauer still holds the men’s record of 53 World Cup wins.

Iraschko-Stolz twice jumped 101.0 meters for the day’s longest jumps on the normal hill.

With just Sunday’s season finale remaining, Lundby - the Olympic champion - leads on 1,280 points, ahead of Germany’s Katharina Althaus on 892 and Takanashi on 816.

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