Nordic Combined - Norway stay top of standings after team sprint one-two

Norway extended their lead at the top of the Nations Cup Standings as they completed a one-two in the men's team sprint 2x 7.5km race in Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria.

Last week's first team competition of the season saw the quartet of Joergen Graabak, Magnus Krog, Mikko Kokslien and Haavard Klemetsen take the team event ahead of Germany.

And despite the four splitting into pairs for the team sprint on Saturday, it was a similar story as Kokslein and Graabak, of Norway I, secured victory in 33:59.3 minutes, finishing ahead of Klemetsen and Krog in the Norway II team by 8.2 seconds.

Despite the margin of victory, it was far from a straight forward win, with the pair qualifying down in 11th place after the ski jump before stepping it up on the second leg, clocking the second best time on the skis behind Bryan Fletcher and Todd Lodwick of America.

Another team to impress on the skis were Italy who pulled themselves from 13th position after the jump to finish third on the medal rostrum, 8.8 seconds behind the leaders.

It means Norway top the over Nations Cup Standings with a total of 1184, ahead of Germany, who finished fifth and tenth in the team sprint, and Japan, seventh and twelfth in the team sprint in Austria.

� Sportsbeat 2013