Fabian Riessle completes hat-trick of wins in Kingenthal
Germany’s Fabian Riessle triumphed in the Nordic Combined large hill/10km competition in Klingenthal today for his third win in a row.
His team-mate Johannes Rydzek made it a German one-two on the podium by finishing a second behind, while Akito Watabe came third to take home the overall World Cup.
The Japanese skier went into the event knowing he had to finish one place ahead of veteran Norwegian Jan Schmid and did just that.
Watabe, who finished 5.5 second behind Riessle, had a better jump score and cross-country time as he extended his lead over Schmid to 212 points.
With only two more events in Schonach, Germany, to come next weekend, the 29-year-old made sure of winning his first world title.
The result means Watabe enters the Nordic Combined history books as only the second Japanese overall winner after Kenji Ogiwara.
(L-R) Second placed Jarl Magnus Riiber from Norway, winner Fabian Riessle from Germany and Eero Hirvonen from Finland celebrate after the Men's Individual Gundersen 10 km Nordic Combined event of the FIS World Cup in Granaasen, Trondheim, Norway, on MarchGetty Images
Schmid finished fourth, 44.1 seconds after Riessle, while teammate Joergen Graabak followed in fifth.
Austrian teammates Bernhard Gruber, Lukas Klapfer and Willi Denifl were took sixth to eighth, while the top ten was completed by Manuel Faiss and Ilkka Herola.
Watabe, a native of Hakuba, won Olympic gold in the normal hill/10-kilometre event in both 2014 and last month in Pyeongchang.
He had finished in the top three in the World Cup overall in the last six seasons and was runner up in 2015 and 2016 to the German Eric Frenzel.
Following the results in Klingenthal, Watabe also wrapped up the Best Jumper Trophy with 1343 points, while Alessandro Pittin claimed the Best Skier with 1221 points.