ROME, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Fabian Riessle out-sprinted Lukas Greiderer in the last few meters and claimed the Team Sprint title with teammate Eric Frenzel for Germany I in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme, Italy on Saturday.
The German team beat Austria I by 1.5 seconds. Ilkka Herola and Eero Hirvonen, representing Finland I, rounded off the podium by out-sprinting Germany II by 0.3 seconds.
Team Japan II delivered a high-level performance in the jumping part, with Hideaki Nagai and Ryota Yamamoto taking the lead with two jumps of 100 and 104.5 meters to earn themselves a match-leading total of 266.8 points.
Frenzel and Riessle jumped 99.5 and 100.5 meters respectively and started nine seconds after the Japanese duo. Team Austria I, comprising of Greiderer and Johannes Lamparter, finished with jumps of 100 and 101.5 meters for 261.2 points in total, which lead them to start eleven seconds behind the leaders.
In the sprint race featuring short laps and fast exchanges between the two athletes, a group of four teams was in the lead with Germany I, Austria I, Norway I, and Japan II for the first part of the race, before Yamamoto separated from the group in lap three.
Espen Bjoernstad of Norway I was caught by the pursuers on his fourth lap, thus making it clear that the fight for the victory would be between Riessle and Greiderer on the last lap, and Riessle came out the winner with his experience and explosive strength.
Another men's competition will be staged on Sunday to conclude the Val di Fiemme stop.