February 28, 2015

FALUN, Sweden (AP) Norway won the ski jump team event on Saturday to end Austria's streak of five straight victories at the world championships.

Normal hill champion Rune Velta earned his fourth medal in four events at these worlds by safely landing his jump in the final round after his teammates gave Norway a big lead.

The team of Anders Bardal, Anders Jacobsen, Anders Fannemel, and Velta finished with 872.6 points to beat silver-medalist Austria by 19.4 points. Poland took bronze.

Olympic champion Germany had to settle for fifth, behind Japan, despite individual large hill winner Severin Freund soaring 143 meters in the last round, breaking his own hill record by 7.5 meters. Only one other jumper went past 130 meters, with Slovenia's Peter Prevc jumping 133.

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