Norway claimed a clear victory in the team event at the Ski Flying World Championships as competition drew to a close in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.
Anders Fannemel, Johann Andre Forfang and Daniel Andre Tande were joined by their team-mate Kenneth Gangnes, who has been a regular podium finisher during the International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping World Cup.
Ganges, who claimed silver in the individual competition yesterday, was a key contributor to the victory after producing their team’s longest jump of 219.5 metres.
However, it was their overall constituency which separated them from the other teams as they finished the event with eight marks of over 200m.
It saw them win the team competition for the third time as they ended with a total of 1467.7 points, while second place Germany could only manage 1357.3.
“It feels amazing, I am proud to win this gold together with three friends, three teammates and the guys that I spend half of the year with, so this is a dream coming true for me,” said Gangnes.
“The first jump was not my best, I can feel I am starting to get a bit tired.
“Today it was quite easy to watch my teammates because they jumped very well, they made the jump really easy for me, so I just have to thank them."
Hosts Austria were able to claim the bronze medal with an excellent display from Stefan Kraft helping them to 1310.4 points.
It meant individual champion Peter Prevc was unable to guide Slovenia to a medal, as despite producing the best jumps of the day with 228m and 238m, his team could only end on 1272.7.
Meanwhile in the women’s Ski Jumping World Cup, Sara Takanashi made it back-to-back victories in Sapporo.
The Japanese star had earned a comfortable win yesterday, in front of a home crowd, but she came under more pressure from her rivals today.
Takanashi produced jumps of 97m and 94m to finish on a total of 257.8, with her second effort elevating her above Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who had led at the halfway mark.
The Austrian eventually settled for second position on 241.4 points, with her team-mate Jacqueline Seifriedsberger taking bronze with a total of 231.9.
The result gives Takanashi a commanding lead in the overall World Cup, with the Japanese jumper now lying 161 points clear of Iraschko-Stolz on 480.