HAKUBA, Japan (AP) _ Takanobu Okabe and Masahiko Harada both soared to the longest jumps in Olympic history as Japan finally won the team ski jumping gold it threw away four years ago in Lillehammer.

It was the eighth medal of the Nagano Games for Japan, the nation's biggest haul at a Winter Games.

The two jumpers reached 137 meters on the 120-meter hill. Then the 120 individual champion, Kazuyoshi Funaki, came up with a 125-meter leap to wrap up the gold in a see-saw contest in a heavy snowfall Tuesday (Monday night EST).

Japan totaled 933 points to win the title, and Germany, the defending titlist, wound up with the silver this time with 897.4. Austria's final jumper, Andreas Widhoelzl, soared to 136.5 to capture the bronze ahead of Norway.

For Harada, who burst into tears at the end, it lifted a huge weight off his shoulders.

The 29-year-old jumper should have clinched the gold at Lillehammer in 1994 but jumped far too short on the final round and handed the title to Germany.