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Wolny's longest leap helps Poland to ski jumping World Cup glory

Wolny's longest leap helps Poland to ski jumping World Cup glory
By Sportsbeat

23/03/2019 at 23:26Updated 24/03/2019 at 01:02

Jakub Wolny produced a personal best to help Poland win the flying hill team event at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Planica, on Saturday – sealing the overall team title in the process.

Wolny soared 237.5 metres with his first leap, beating his personal best distance for the fifth time in 2019, to get Poland off to the perfect start.

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Wolny couldn't travel quite as far with his second jump but compatriots Kamil Stoch, Dawid Kubacki and Piotr Zyla also impressed as the Poles racked up a winning total of 1627.9 points.

That was more than enough to push the German quartet of Karl Geiger, Constantin Schmid, Richard Freitag and Markus Eisenbichler into the silver medal position on 1619.8 points, with Slovenia coming third on home snow – a further 16.7 points back.

Video - Wolny nails a personal best of 237.5m to lead Poland to team title

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It was Poland's third World Cup team event victory of the season and means they have led the overall standings from wire to wire – having triumphed in the opening contest of the campaign back in November.

With only one more event to come in the 2018-19 season – the flying hill individual in Planica on Sunday – the Poles now also have an unassailable lead in the Nations Cup on 5947 points, with Germany second on 5536 and Japan third on 4669.

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