OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) – A late sprint in the last corner earned Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber the gold medal in the Nordic combined event when he killed Ilkka Herola from Finland at the FIS World Ski Championships on Friday four tenths of a second displaced

The Japanese Ryota Yamamoto recorded the longest hill of the competition in order to surpass the overall ranking of the 10 km long cross-country race However, it was soon left behind when the stronger skiers were caught in an uphill battle at the head of the field

In the last lap the reigning champion and World Cup leader Riiber was perfectly positioned behind Herola, with the Norwegian Jens Luraas Oftebro in third and the Japanese Akito Watabe in fourth Watabe dropped out when the top three reached the last hill and the race because the line began

Herola appeared to be in pole position as they swept down the last hill, but Riiber, who won Olympic silver in Pyeongchang in 2018, moved outside and took the last corner to take the gold medal He raised his arms as he crossed the line just before Herola, with Oftebro half a second behind the Finn

Ilkka Herola

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Source: https://kfgo.com/2021/02/26/nordic-skiing-riiber-sprints-to-claim-nordic-combined-gold-for-norway/