Austria's ski-jumpers back on top

Austria's ski-jumpers back on top
By Sportsbeat

11/03/2017 at 21:27

It proved to be a memorable team victory for Austria as they returned to the top step of the World Cup podium for the first time since 2014.

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The quartet of Michael Hayboeck, Manuel Fettner, Markus Schiffner and Stefan Kraft finished with a combined total of 999.7 points after an exciting competition in Holmenkollen, Oslo.

Second place went to Germany on 987.2 points with Poland third on 986.7 while local heroes Norway finished 3.6 points back in fourth.

The closeness of the competition was highlighted with the fact that 16.7 points separated first and fourth.

Afterwards double World Champion Kraft said: "This was a sensational competition, it was not looking that good for us yesterday.

"It was not easy today, the wind was changing fast and often. There was head wind at the take-off and starting at about 100 m there was tail wind. This made it difficult to jump today."

The German team of Andreas Wellinger, Stephan Leyhe, Richard Freitag and Markus Eisenbichler could also be satisfied after improving on their fourth-place finish in Lahti a week ago. Japan, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland made up the top eight.

After three of 16 competition jumps, Austria's Stefan Kraft leads the Raw Air overall ranking with 404.3 points, followed by Peter Prevc of Slovenia (395.2 points) and Andreas Wellinger (392.7 points).

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