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Jarl Magnus Riiber triumphs in second World Cup victory on home soil in two days

Riiber triumphs in second World Cup victory on home soil in two days
By Sportsbeat

27/01/2019 at 10:46Updated 27/01/2019 at 15:48

Jarl Magnus Riiber staged a comeback for the ages as he turned around a 1:42 minute deficit to win the men's Gundersen in the Nordic Combined World Cup event on home snow.

After winning the first of a weekend double-header in Trondheim on Saturday, the 21-year-old went one better as he recovered from a sub-par jumping round to surge to victory in the cross-country.

Sitting down in 11th after earning 88.9 points from his 129.5m jump – 25.4 fewer than leader Szczepan Kupczak – Riiber had plenty of work to do if he was to protect his lead at the top of the World Cup standings.

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But a dominant display on the snow – a hallmark of his performances over the weekend – saw him burst ahead of the pack to seal victory in 25:15.0, 1.2s ahead of Vinzenz Geiger in second, with Joergen Graabak completing the podium.

"Not perfect, but two victories, so I'm happy," he said afterwards.

"It's a little bit sad to not be the best ski jumper – that's what I want to be – but, of course, when I can fight for the best cross-country time as well I can't explain it, but I'm very happy."

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