Sara Takanashi is in third place in the women’s World Cup opener

Sara Takanashi finished third in the World Cup opener of a ski jump in Austria on Friday, as the four-time all-time female champion claimed the 101st podium of her career.

The 24-year-old put together jerseys of 88 and 89.5 meters for a total of 240.1 points in Ramsau, 13.5 points behind Austrian Marita Kramer, who recorded jumps of 94 and 96 meters until her second World Cup event. Win a world.

Slovenian Nika Kriznar finished second with 245.1 points and Yuki Ito was fifth with 232.0 at an event that was delayed by about two weeks due to coronavirus infection.

“I was able to get off to a good start to the season,” said Takanashi, who only had three podium finishes last winter as she settled for fourth place overall.

Competitors had to contend with difficult situations, with non-stop tailoring causing even the most credible jerseys, including three-time defensive champion Maren Lundby, problems. Lundby finished in seventh place after flying just 81.5 meters in her first attempt.

“I feel like the result came because I was able to focus on what I had to do,” Takanashi said. “It was an event I could be confident in.”

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