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Ski jumping: Japan's Takanashi claims 8th straight summer Grand Prix title

In this Feb. 27, 2019 photo, Japan's Sara Takanashi settles for sixth place in the women's individual ski jumping competition of the Nordic world ski championships in Seefeld, Austria. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's Sara Takanashi won the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix title for the eighth straight year despite not participating in the final women's competition in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Takanashi's two wins at earlier events in Germany and France were enough to clinch the title over Slovenia's Nika Kriznar, who won her first Grand Prix event Sunday with jumps of 104 and 100.5 meters and matched Takanashi's overall score of 200.

"It feels great to be on top of the podium, this is my best result in summer GP," Kriznar said according to the International Ski Federation.

"I had two great jumps today with a new hill record so I am very pleased with that. It was a tough competition today. I missed the overall title by only 1 point because Sara Takanashi won two events, so it was really close."

Germany's Juliane Seyfarth finished second and Slovenia's Ursa Bogataj took third. Misaki Shigeno finished 10th to post Japan's best result of the day.

The next women's competition will be the 2019-2020 World Cup opener held in early December in Lillehammer, Norway.

In Zakopane, Poland, Japan's Yukiya Sato took third in the fourth event of the men's Grand Prix competition. Kamil Stoch and Dawid Kubacki finished first and second, respectively, in front of their home crowd.

Japan's Naoki Nakamura narrowly missed the podium and finished fourth, while compatriot Yuken Iwasa was 9th.

The men's Grand Prix continues in Japan next week with two contests in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, before wrapping up with final stops in Austria and Germany.

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