FALUN, Sweden (AP) — Germany won the Nordic combined team event Sunday at the Nordic skiing world championships after maintaining its lead throughout the cross-country relay.

The four-man German team started first in the 4x5-kilometer relay after having the best score in the ski jump portion, and the quartet of Tino Edelmann, Eric Frenzel, Fabian Riessle and Johannes Rydzek stayed in front to finish in 44 minutes, 20.7 seconds.

Norway was 23.1 seconds back to take silver, while defending champion France took bronze, 39.6 back.

The United States climbed from eighth after the ski jump to finish seventh.

Rydzek also won the individual normal hill competition on Friday.