Frenzel wraps up record 5th Nordic combined World Cup title

SCHONACH, Germany (AP) Eric Frenzel wrapped up an unprecedented fifth straight Nordic combined World Cup title on Sunday with his 10th win of the season.

The Olympic champion could only have been denied by German teammate Johannes Rydzek going into the final event.

It was Frenzel's third straight World Cup win. He finished Sunday with a total time of 28 minutes, 49.7 seconds after the 10K cross-country race and his eighth-placed finish in the ski jump.

''I worked for the whole season to make this fifth overall win reality,'' Frenzel said. ''I'm looking forward to the time with the family now. They had to make so many sacrifices again.''

Rydzek, who needed to win and hope Frenzel finished no better than fourth, finished 27.6 seconds behind in ninth place.

Francois Braud of France was second, 7.7 behind, ahead of Japan's Akito Watabe, 11.2 back. Finland's Eero Hirvonen was fourth, 12.2 behind.

It was Frenzel's 41st career victory. The 28-year-old German finished with 1,734 points, 125 ahead of Rydzek.

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