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Ski jumping: Seifriedsberger secures first World Cup win

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Jacqueline Seifriedsberger claimed her first World Cup victory in the women's ski jumping in Sapporo on Sunday as Japan's local hopeful Sara Takanashi sank to fifth.

The 22-year-old Austrian, who had finished at her previous best of second on Saturday, marked 94.0 metres in the first round and 93.0m in the final for a total of 245.7 points on the 10th leg of the 16-round series.

Previously, Seifriedsberger's highest finishes were third place three times, two of them last month.

Anette Sagen of Norway was second on 241.0 points, followed by last year's overall champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States on 240.2 points.

After 10 events, Takanashi retained top place in the overall standings on 737 points, following her fifth place tie with Saturday's winner Coline Mattel of France.

Hendrickson trailed her on 597 points, followed by Mattel on 593 points and Sagen on 551. Seifriedsberger kept fifth place on 537 points.

The 11th and 12th events will move to Zao north of Tokyo next weekend, where local hopeful Takanashi secured her first World Cup win last season.

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