RAMSAU, Austria (AP) — Mikko Kokslien of Norway won the fifth Nordic combined event of the season Sunday after beating defending World Cup champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France in a photo finish.
Kokslien and Lamy Chappuis skied the final 50 meters of the 10-kilometer cross country side-by-side and the Norwegian stretched out his ski to cross the finish line first, in 21 minutes, 36.7 seconds. Lamy Chappuis was given the exact same time.
It was the first win of the season and fifth overall for Kokslien, who finished runner-up to fellow Norwegian Magnus Moan in an event here Saturday. Mario Stecher of Austria came 1.6 seconds back in third after outsprinting Eric Frenzel of Germany, who was another 0.4 behind in fourth.
Moan finished 21st and lost his lead in the overall standings to Lamy Chappuis. Yoshito Watabe of Japan led after the jumping discipline and finished 11th overall, 13.4 seconds behind Kokslien. Lamy Chappuis tops the standings with 355 points, 32 clear of Moan. Austria's Bernhard Gruber is third with 200, followed by Kokslien and Frenzel, who share fourth with 184.
The Nordic combined World Cup continues in Schonach, Germany, on Jan. 5-6.