Frenzel earns 3rd win to claim Nordic Combined Triple

SEEFELD, Austria (AP) Olympic champion Eric Frenzel completed a hat trick of World Cup wins within three days to dominate the Nordic Combined Triple for a second straight year on Sunday.

The German chased leader Haavard Klemetsen for the first 10 kilometers of the 15K cross-country race before overtaking the Norwegian and finishing in 38 minutes, 25.9 seconds.

Klemetsen came 9.9 seconds behind, and Akito Watabe of Japan was 20.5 back in third.

Earlier Sunday, Klemetsen earned a head start of 1:30 over Austria's Bernhard Gruber and 1:33 over Frenzel by winning the ski jumping portion with efforts of 109 and 110.5 meters. Gruber finished the cross-country race 59.1 off the lead in seventh.

Frenzel also won all three events of the inaugural Nordic Combined Triple last year. The German now has 21 career World Cup wins.

The format adds the results of the three competitions in Seefeld this weekend. Only the top-30 ranked athletes were allowed to start in Sunday's event, which carried double World Cup points.

In the season's standings, Frenzel went further ahead. He has 621 points to lead fellow German Fabian Riessle on 476. Watabe climbed to third with 437.

The Nordic combined World Cup continues in Sapporo, Japan, next weekend.

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