Frenzel wins world title in Nordic combined event

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Eric Frenzel of Germany soars through the air during the ski jumping portion of the Nordic Combined individual Gundersen event of the Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)


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.