Ito soars to victory in Cup finale

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yuki Ito takes her first jump during a World Cup meet in Oslo on Sunday.

The Associated Press OSLO (AP) — Yuki Ito led a Japanese one-two finish in the last round of the women’s ski jumping World Cup on Sunday.

Ito posted the longest jump of the day with 130 meters on the renowned Holmenkollbakken hill as she won with a total score of 258.7 points from two rounds.

Ito’s Japanese teammate Sara Takanashi, who had already secured her fourth career World Cup overall title, was second on 251.0.

Norwegian Maren Lundby was in contention for the win after the first round, but her second-round score of 120.6 meant she had to settle for third, 0.2 behind Takanashi.

Takanashi and Ito won 14 of the 19 World Cup rounds between them this season, but were beaten to world championship gold by Carina Vogt of Germany last month.

Kraft takes over men’s lead

Meanwhile in the men's competition, Austria’s Stefan Kraft soared to victory to take the overall lead as his main title rival Kamil Stoch underperformed.

Kraft destroyed the rest of the field with a 132-meter second-round jump that lifted him into first place with a total score of 267.5 points.

Andreas Wellinger had led after the first round, but could only manage 127 meters in the second for a 258.6 total. Fellow German Markus Eisenbichler was third on 244.1.

In a big boost to Kraft’s World Cup hopes, Stoch’s poor second jump dropped him from fifth to 22nd.

Kraft now leads the standings by 31 points.Speech

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