VAL DI FIEMME, Italy – Riding high after winning the individual bronze medal, Noriaki Kasai anchored Japan to the silver in the men’s K-120 ski jumping team competition at the Nordic Skiing World Championships on Sunday.
After finishing second in the first round of jumps, Japan briefly slipped into third behind Norway after a shaky landing from Kazuyoshi Funaki but Kasai soared 132 meters to secure the silver as Japan finished behind winner Finland with a total of 1,010.1 points.
Individual silver medalist Matti Hautamaeki led Finland to gold with 1,046.6 points while the bronze medal went to Norway with 991.9.
Elsewhere, Izumi Yamada and Rieko Kanai both recorded leaps of 77 meters as Japan’s women’s team came through with the bronze medal at the FIS Ladies Grand Prix in Saalfelden, Austria.
Japan finished with 690.0 points, way behind the United States, which had six jumps ranging from 80 to 89 meters to comfortably win the gold with 838.5 points. Host Austria was second with 814.5.
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