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Germany's Johannes Rydzek wins Nordic Combined World Cup in PyeongChang

All Headlines 22:09 February 04, 2017

By Joo Kyung-don

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 4 (Yonhap) -- Johannes Rydzek of Germany won the first Nordic combined event at an International Ski Federation (FIS) competition here on Saturday.

Rydzek claimed his 13th career FIS Nordic Combined World Cup victory after topping the individual Gundersen large hill/10km event in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, some 182 kilometers east of Seoul.

Rydzek was the second-best ski jumper on the 140m hill with an effort of 135.5m for 132.6 points, which placed him 29 seconds behind ski jumping leader Mario Seidl of Austria, who jumped 136m, prior to the cross-country section.

However, Rydzek posted a time of 24 minutes 43.9 seconds in the 10km race, which eventually gave him a 20 second lead over Seidl, who clocked a time of 25:32.9 in cross-country skiing.

The victory moved Rydzek up as the World Cup leader of the season over his compatriot Eric Frenzel, the reigning normal hill Olympic champion.

Frenzel missed the podium by 0.5 second, after his German teammate Fabian Riessle posted a time of 25:51.2.

"It's nice to be here," Rydzek said. "I think I did great performance on the hill and the cross-country course as well. I'm happy."

For Seidl, this was the first podium finish of his career.

"It feels very good," he said. "This is my first time on the podium, so I'm very happy."

South Korea's only Nordic combined skier Park Je-un finished 31st among 32 skiers. He posted a time of 31:21.4.

The FIS Nordic Combined World Cup is one of the test events for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. It is also the first time that South Korea is hosting a Nordic combined World Cup.

The FIS competition will conclude Sunday with another individual Gundersen large hill event.

Johannes Rydzek of Germany (C) celebrates with Mario Seidl of Austria (R) and Fabian Riessle of Germany after winning the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 4, 2017. (Yonhap)

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