Riiber sprints to second Nordic Combined World Cup title in Val di Fiemme

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ROME, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Jarl Magnus Riiber of Norway secured his second win in three days, winning the Nordic Combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme on Sunday, beating the German duo of Eric Frenzel and Vinzenz Geiger by 0.1 seconds in a nail-biting encounter.

Japan's Ryota Yamamoto returned to the pole position with a jump of 103.5 meters and a score of 131.5 points, which earned him an advantage of two seconds on Frenchman Laurent Muhlethaler.

A 100.5-meter jump gave Muhlethaler a one-second lead on Riiber, who jumped the same distance.

Large groups stayed together throughout the entire race. Ilkka Herola managed to open a gap of a few meters on the leading group of about 20 athletes, but was caught again, and everything came down to a finish line sprint.

For the final sprint, Riiber set himself up in second position on the downhill before proceeding to overtake leader Fabian Riessle on the downhill to finish first.

A photo finish had to decide second and third places, with Frenzel getting the better of Geiger.

Joergen Graabak, Alessandro Pittin and Herola sprinted for positions four to six behind them, finishing +0.6, +0.7 and +0.9 respectively behind the winner.

The next Nordic Combined World Cup competition will be staged in Lahti, Finland next weekend. Enditem

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