Friday saw American Sarah Hendrickson pip Takanashi to the top step of the podium in Italy in the women's individual normal hill competition.
But it was a case of safety in numbers for the 16-year-old Takanashi as Japan won gold in the mixed team event.
Takanashi was joined by Taku Takeuchi and Yuki and Daiki Ito as the quartet racked up 1011.0 points to win with ease as they lead from start to finish.
Taking silver were Austria as they finished with 986.7 points, Gregor Schlierenzauer and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger climbing the podium in Italy for the second time this World Championships after winning men’s normal hill silver and women’s bronze respectively.
And taking bronze were the German team, however they will be disappointed having sat second at the midway stage.
- Sports & Recreation
- Taku Takeuchi