- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

SEEFELD, Austria (AP) - Olympic Nordic Combined champion Eric Frenzel of Germany won a World Cup on Friday for his ninth consecutive victory in the resort of the 2019 world championships.

The event also counted as the opening round of the Nordic Combined Triple, which adds the results of all three competitions this weekend with the overall winner earning double World Cup points.

Frenzel, who was second after the ski jumping, finished the five-kilometer cross country 6.2 seconds ahead of Akito Watabe of Japan. The rest of the field was more than 43 seconds behind.

“Seefeld is a good place for me,” said Frenzel, who has won 10 of his 26 career World Cups here. “I like the hill here, and I am usually doing very well on this track.”

Watabe jumped 107 meters to lead after the ski jump, and started the ski race eight seconds ahead of Frenzel. The German soon closed the gap and then cooperated with Watabe to increase their lead. Frenzel accelerated in the final kilometer to take the win.

Frenzel’s teammate, Fabian Riessle, was 43.6 behind in third, with two more Germans, Johannes Rydzek and Manuel Faisst, placing fourth and fifth.

Riessle remained in the overall World Cup lead, just three points clear of Frenzel.

Olympic silver medalist Magnus Moan was disqualified during the ski jump for an equipment irregularity, which also ruled out the Norwegian for the two remaining events this weekend.

Only the top 50 finishers will be allowed to start in Saturday’s second event, which includes a 10-kilometer cross-country race.

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