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After making the podium for the first time in four years on Saturday, Austrian Christoph Bieler left no question he’s in top form, winning Sunday’s World Cup competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 35-year-old beat Akito Watabe of Japan by 4.4 seconds in 25:31 for his first World Cup victory in five years.

Sidelined with sickness earlier this year, Bieler posted the best jump Sunday and started 24 seconds ahead of teammate Mario Seidl, who set a record on the large hill Saturday. Seidl was second in the jump on Sunday and ultimately placed sixth. Bieler had a 59-second head start on Watabe, who ranked seventh in the jump, and managed to hold the lead from start to finish. Miroslav Dvorak from the Czech Republic started eighth and reached the podium for a career-best third, 17.5 seconds behind Bieler.

No Americans competed.

Next up for Nordic Combined: World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, starting Feb. 22.




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