Takanashi wins women's ski jump World Cup event

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LJUBNO, Slovenia (AP) Sara Takanashi of Japan warmed up for the world championships with a women's ski jump victory on Saturday that also kept alive her chances of defending the overall World Cup title.

Takanashi jumped 88 and 90 meters for a total of 248.5 points, beating overall leader Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria by 3.1 points. Sarah Hendrickson of the United States was third, showing she's also finding her form as she prepares to defend her world title in Falun, Sweden on Friday.

Iraschko-Stolz leads Takanashi by 89 points in the overall standings with two World Cup events remaining, including one more in Ljubno on Sunday.