Ski Jumping - Takanashi helps Japan win mixed team gold

Sara Takanashi had to settle for second best as she went it alone at the World Championships but she returned to the Val di Fiemme slope 48 hours later to claim gold as she helped Japan to victory in the mixed team normal hill event.

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Ski Jumping - Takanashi helps Japan win mixed team gold
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Daiki Ito, Yuki Ito, Sara Takanashi and Taku Takeuchi of Japan celebrate after winning the gold medal in the Normal Hill Mixed Team jumping competition at the FIS Nordic Skiing World championships in the northern mountain resort of Predazzo in Val di Fiem

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.

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