Ski Jumping - Norway close gap on World Cup leaders Austria

Norway closed the gap on Austria at the top of the team ski jumping World Cup standings with victory in Oberstorf on Sunday.

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Ski Jumping - Norway close gap on World Cup leaders Austria
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Team Norway pose with their trophies after winning the Team Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf February 17, 2013. From left, they are: Andreas Stjernen, Tom Hilde, Anders Bardal and Anders Jacobsen. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SKIING)

Anders Jacobsen, Tom Hilde, Anders Bardal and Andreas Stjernen jumped their way to 1577.1 points - 47.8 more than their Austrian rivals who claimed second place.

With eight rounds still to go the overall title is still very much up for grabs, and this result sees the Norwegians move to within 257 points of the summit.

Olympic bronze medallist Jacobsen's combined effort of 418 points was the highest individual score of the day in Germany with Austria's Stefan Kraft managing 213.5.

Slovenia edged out Germany's home jumpers into third, but their hopes of gate-crashing the top three in the overall standings appear forlorn with a 538-point gap to make up.

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