Peter Prevc broke the ski flying world record by soaring 250 metres in an extraordinary performance at Vikersund in Norway.

The Slovenian produced an astounding gravity-defying feat to beat the previous record of 246.5m, set in 2011 by Norway's Johan Remen Evensen, also at Vikersund.

Prevc had leapt 245.5mm in qualifying, prompting speculation of a possible world record, and he delivered in truly spectacular fashion.

Prevc soared 237.5 metres with his first competitive jump before his record-breaking second flight gave him an unbeatable total of 438.8 points to win the competition.

Norway's Anders Fannemel recorded 424.3 points to secure the silver medal behind Prevc with Japanese jumper Noriaki Kasai finishing third. In addition to making history, the 22-year-old also moved to the top of the overall World Cup standings on 1250 points.

Austria's Stefan Kraft lies second, only 42 points back, while Severin Freund of Germany is third overall after finishing fourth in Vikersund.