Norway's Schmid wins Nordic combined World Cup event

Norway's Jan Schmid crosses the finish line to win the Nordic combined World Cup event in Hakuba, central Japan, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Schmid won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Pyeongchang Olympics. (Shinichiro Tanaka/Kyodo News via AP)
Norway's Jan Schmid, center, poses with second placer Kristjan Ilves, left, of Estonia and third placer Akito Watabe of Japan on the podium after winning the Nordic combined World Cup event in Hakuba, central Japan, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Schmid won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Pyeongchang Olympics. (Shinichiro Tanaka/Kyodo News via AP)
Norway's Jan Schmid, right, competes with Japan's Akito Watabe, left, in the Nordic combined World Cup event in Hakuba, central Japan, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Schmid won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season on Sunday to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Watanabe finished third. (Yukie Nishizawa/Kyodo News via AP)

HAKUBA, Japan — Norway's Jan Schmid won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season on Sunday to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

After placing seventh in the ski jumping stage, Schmid erased a 1 minute, 14-second deficit in the 10-kilometer cross-country race to finish 6.6 seconds ahead of Estonia's Kristjan Ilves.

Schmid surged ahead of Ilves with less than one kilometer left to add to his previous World Cup wins in Italy and France last month.

"I managed on the last climb to catch him," Schmid said. "In the race I tried to go full speed at the end and hope that nobody follows me and fortunately, It worked."

Akito Watabe of Japan, who entered Sunday's event with four straight wins on the World Cup circuit, was third, 11.1 seconds behind.

Watabe still leads the overall World Cup standings with 905 points, 20 ahead of Schmid. Norway's Joergen Graabek, who did not compete in Hakuba, is third with 528 points.

Must Read

Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

Oct 12, 2017

Rafael Nadal has won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals,...

Chawrasia leads in Hong Kong by 1 stroke

Nov 25, 2017

S.S.P. Chawrasia shot a 1-under 69 in the third round for a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open

Siniakova beats Sharapova to reach Shenzhen Open final

Jan 5, 2018

Defending champion Katerina Siniakova beats Maria Sharapova in Shenzhen Open semifinal to set up...

Fiji crushes NZ 50-7 to roll into Hong Kong 7s quarters

Apr 7, 2018

Fiji has crushed New Zealand 50-7 to complete pool play unbeaten at the Hong Kong Sevens

Red Bull's Ricciardo wins Chinese Grand Prix; 6th career win

Apr 15, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull won Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix to claim the sixth victory of his...

AseanCoverage is a next-gen news site focusing exclusively on online news from South East Asia.

Contact us: sales[at]aseancoverage.com