By Liam Morgan

Richard Freitag was integral to his team's victory in Zakopane ©Getty ImagesGermany have claimed victory in the second team event at the Ski Jumping World Cup at Zakopane, Poland, despite difficult conditions throughout.

The quartet of Michael Neumayer, Marinus Kraus, Richard Freitag and Severin Freund amassed a total of 1050.6 points, finishing ahead of Austria and Slovenia.

Norway finished fourth just two points shy of Slovenia's total, while host nation Poland were fifth and Japan were sixth.

After the event, the Germans decided to donate their entire prize fund of CHF30,000 (£23,100/$35,000/€30,220) to American skier Nick Fairall, who suffered an awful fall in Bischofshofen, with the money set to cover his medical costs.

Freitag proved to be the catalyst for another German ski jumping success as he managed to take the lead for his team in both rounds, with jumps of 130.5 metres and 132.5m.

Teammate Freund then sealed the win after leaps of 128m and 133.5m, as the Germans added this victory to that of the first team event on home soil back in November.

"It was a great competition here in Zakopane," Freund said.

"Before the season we said that we want to jump well in every competition and today we did just that.

"I like Zakopane, but I've never won here before.

"Today I had two good jumps, especially the second one was great."

The Austrian team, made up of Thomas Diethart, Gregor Schlierenzauer, Michael Hayböck and Stefan Kraft, could not quite reach the heights of their German counterparts, with Four-Hills Tournament winner Kraft unable to replicate his recent good form.

Stefan Kraft could not quite replicate his recent form as his Austrian team finished behind Germany ©Getty ImagesStefan Kraft could not quite replicate his recent form as his Austrian team finished behind Germany ©Getty Images

Schlierenzauer's jumps were plagued by inconsistency as he leapt a massive 131.5m in the second round, which followed a poor first jump of 118.5m.

The result leaves Austria still searching for a solid fourth team member ahead of the upcoming World Championships after Diethart posted jumps of 117m and 124.5m.

Yesterday's competition had to be cancelled due to poor weather and most of the teams were unsure of whether the event would go ahead as planned.

"This morning it wasn't sure if we would be able to jump today," Diethart explained.

"We are satisfied with second place.

"The atmosphere here in Zakopane is always amazing and it's always a lot of fun to jump here."

Third-placed Slovenia, who finished 17.3 points behind the Austrians, boasted the longest jump of the event as Jernej Damjan posted a leap of 136.5m.

"We also didn't know if we would jump today," he said.

"We are satisfied with the third place, because we were only fourth after the first round.

"We didn't know that the Germans will donate their prize money to Nick Fairall - this is very generous."

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