Riiber's stellar Nordic combined World Cup run continues

Riiber's stellar Nordic combined World Cup run continues
By Sportsbeat

02/02/2019 at 17:25Updated

Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber secured his ninth Nordic combined World Cup victory of the season as his podium topping form continued in Klingenthal.

The 21-year-old Olympic silver medallist needed a photo finish to clinch a third successive World Cup victory following on from his home championship exploits in Trondheim.

The two-time World junior champion sealed the title by a fingertip to deny German Vinzenz Geiger top spot.

Riiber finished fourth in the standings after the ski jumping event – notching up a total score of 126.7 to finish behind midway leader Johannes Lamparter.

But the Oslo-born athlete managed to complete the cross-country course in 25:24.8 to edge the title by a hair's width.

German Johannes Rydzek took bronze by finishing 1.7 seconds behind the overall winner to nudge Ilkka Herola out the medal positions.

Victory ensures Riiber remains top of the overall World Cup standings with 1158 points – a whole 397 points ahead of second-placed Rydzek.

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