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Ski jumping: World Cup event in Japan postponed

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Strong winds forced the 11th World Cup women's ski jumping event on Saturday in Zao, Japan, to be postponed by one day, organisers said.

The first round of the event was halted after 27 of the 33 contestants ended their jumps in the morning. It was restarted in the afternoon but finally scrapped after only four jumped.

The organisers decided to stage the 11th and 12th events of the 16-round season together on Sunday.

In the overall standings after the 10th event in another Japanese city of Sapporo, Japan, last week, Sara Takanashi of Japan kept top place on 737 points, followed by last year's World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States on 597 points.

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