Frenzel wins world title in Nordic combined event

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 12:31 PM

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) — Eric Frenzel won an individual Nordic combined event Thursday for Germany's first medal of the world championships, beating Bernhard Gruber of Austria by 36.7 seconds.

Defending champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France was third, 37.2 seconds behind Frenzel.

Frenzel led from start to finish in the cross-country after earning 144.1 points with a jump of 138.5 meters on the large hill.

He started 14 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Cristoph Bieler and soon extended his lead to nearly half a minute. Frenzel increased his advantage to more than a minute before slowing down on the final straight to wave to the crowd as he crossed the line.

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