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Olympic champion Eric Frenzel wins Nordic combined event

December 20, 2015

RAMSAU, Austria (AP) — Olympic champion Eric Frenzel of Germany won a Nordic combined World Cup event Sunday for his 24th career victory but first of the season.

The defending World Cup champion, who hadn’t had a podium finish this season, placed sixth in the ski jumping and started the 10-kilometer cross-country race 1 minute behind leader Jarl Magnus Riiber. He overtook the Norwegian after seven kilometers.

Frenzel finished in 21 minutes, 56.5 seconds, while Riiber edged Manuel Faisst of Germany by 0.1 for second place, 10.2 behind.

For a second straight day, Riiber won the jumping portion to take a 39.0-second lead into the skiing. The 18-year-old Norwegian posted only the 46th time on the track but still earned his third career podium.

Fellow Norwegian Magnus Moan, who won Saturday’s competition, came more than 50 seconds back in 23rd after a disappointing result in the ski jumping, and world champion Bernhard Gruber of Austria fell after the landing of his jump and finished 43rd.

Magnus Krog placed fifth to extend his lead in the overall standings. The Norwegian has 257 points and leads Fabian Riessle of Germany on 249. Japan’s Akito Watabe is third on 194.

The Nordic combined World Cup continues in Klingenthal, Germany, on Jan. 2-3.

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