Nordic Combined - Frenzel all but claims World Cup in Lahti

Eric Frenzel claimed his fifth victory of the Nordic combined World Cup season eight days after claiming his second career world title to all but end Jason Lamy Chappuis' vice like iron grip on the overall Crystal Globe.

Nordic Combined - Frenzel all but claims World Cup in Lahti

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Eric Frenzel

The 24-year-old German claimed the large hill title at the Nordic World Ski Championships on the last day of February, two years after winning his first global gold in the normal hill in Oslo. And, on his return to the World Cup circuit in Lahti, Frenzel came from fourth to first to effectively seal the Crystal Globe and end Frenchman Lamy Chappuis' run of three successive overall victories. Frenzel clocked an overall winning time of 24:48.2minutes, 10.1seconds ahead of Akito Watabe with his Japanese teammate Taihei Kato another 2.8 further adrift in third and Lamy Chappuis 16th. The German now leads Lamy Chappuis by 186 points with only 200 more on offer from the final two events of the season in Oslo, the first in a week's time and the second following a day later. Frenzel placed fourth after the ski jumping phase after scoring 129.1 points for a nine-second deficit from Haavard Klemetsen, who took the lead with an effort of 131.3. Kato ranked second two seconds behind while another Japanese competitor, Yoshito Watabe, was third another five back with Lamy Chappuis 17th overall with a score of 110.3. Frenzel comfortably made up the margin to win by 10.1 seconds ahead of Akito Watabe who jumped up from eighth and a deficit of 38 seconds after the jumping to second with Kato third. Yoshito Watabe dropped to fourth and Klemetsen to sixth with Lamy Chappuis unable to prevent Frenzel from running away with the overall lead as he improve just one place to 16th.

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