January 19, 2013
Eric Frenzel finished the 10-kilometer cross country race in 25 minutes, 59.1 seconds
Matthias Schrader/AP

SEEFELD, Austria (AP) -- Eric Frenzel of Germany won a Nordic combined World Cup event Saturday for his first victory of the season and fifth overall.

Frenzel, who was sixth after the jumping discipline, finished the 10-kilometer cross country race in 25 minutes, 59.1 seconds to beat Magnus Moan of Norway by 20.4 seconds.

Frenzel's German teammate Tino Edelmann was 20.8 seconds back in third.

Bernhard Gruber of Austria led after the jump but posted the 31st fastest time in the cross-country race to finish ninth.

Defending World Cup champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France finished 15th to stay on top of the standings with 511 points. Second-place Moan has reduced the gap to 43 points. Frenzel is third with 374 points, and Gruber fourth with 333.

Another Nordic combined event in Seefeld is scheduled for Sunday.

Shipulin wins 2nd consecutive biathlon

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) -- Anton Shipulin of Russia led almost from start to finish in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit to claim his second consecutive World Cup biathlon win on Saturday.

Shipulin completed the course in 31 minutes, 24.2 seconds with two penalties, finishing 22.6 seconds ahead of Jakov Fak of Slovenia.

Fak had a late surge to overtake Austria's Daniel Mesotitsch for second place. Both had just one penalty.

World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France was fourth with two penalties, 38.5 seconds behind Shipulin.

Fourcade is 62 points ahead of Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, who finished fifth and missed four targets.

Poltoranin, Bjoergen win World Cup cross-country races

LA CLUSAZ, France (AP) -- Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan and Marit Bjoergen of Norway won cross-country World Cup races on Saturday.

Poltoranin won the men's 15-kilometer classical-style mass start race in a sprint finish, clocking 37 minutes, 11.6 seconds to beat Russia's Alexander Bessmertnykh by .01 seconds. Switzerland's Dario Cologna was just behind in third.

Alexander Legkov of Russia, who was fifth, leads the overall standings with 867 points. Cologna is second with 826.

In the women's 10K event, Bjoergen won in a time of 27:04.6, with countrywoman Therese Johaug 2.7 seconds behind in second place. World Cup leader Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland was 18 seconds back in third.

Kowalczyk has 1,372 points overall, and Johaug is far behind in second with 947.

Matura earns 1st ski jump World Cup victory

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) -- Jan Matura of the Czech Republic earned his first career ski jump World Cup victory Saturday by winning a large hill event in Sapporo.

Matura landed jumps of 132 and 135 meters to score a total of 249.5 points and beat Tom Hilde of Norway by just 0.7 points. Hilde had longer jumps - 136 and 139 meters - but was deducted points for having more favorable winds.

Robert Kranjec of Slovenia finished third with 244.4 points.

The 32-year-old Matura had never been on a World Cup podium before, but took advantage of a weakened start field as many of the top jumpers skipped the trip to Japan.

Veteran Daiki Ito was the top Japanese jumper, finishing sixth.

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