Hendrickson wins first women's ski jumping title


ZAO, Japan (AP) -- American teenager Sarah Hendrickson clinched the inaugural women's World Cup ski jumping title on Saturday.

The 17-year-old Hendrickson won Saturday's first competition with two jumps of 99.5 meters to beat Japan's Sara Takanashi, who had jumps of 98.5 and 99.5 meters.

Hendrickson then wrapped up the overall title by finishing second to Takanashi in the second event with another jump of 95.5 meters.

Daniela Iraschko of Austria was third in the first event, and Ulrike Graessler of Germany third in the second event.

Hendrickson has an insurmountable 295-point lead in the World Cup standings over Iraschko with two competitions remaining.