Frenzel to start 1st after longest ski jump

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) -- Eric Frenzel will start first in the cross-country portion of the Nordic combined at the world championships after the longest ski jump Thursday.

The German earned 144.1 points with a jump of 138.5 meters on the large hill and will start the 10-kilometer race 14 seconds ahead of Cristoph Bieler of Austria. Yoshito Watabe of Japan will start 25 seconds behind Frenzel.

Defending champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis will start in 10th, more than a minute behind Frenzel. The Frenchman started 11th after the normal hill on Friday and made up time to win the event.

Cross-country great Magnus Moan will start 1:10 behind Frenzel.

Wind affected the jumps, aiding some and hindering others. Tino Edelmann fell on his landing.