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VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Germany’s Eric Frenzel exchanged a wooden medal for gold on Thursday in the Large Hill Individaul competition at World Championships. He was fourth in the opening competition of the week but turned things around starting at the jump hill on Thursday morning. He jumped 138.5 meters for the top-scored performance of the morning, giving himself a 14 second lead headed into the Gundersen-start 10 k. By the finish he widened it to 36.7 seconds over Gernhard Gruber (AUT). Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) finished third (+37.2).

Billy Demong led the Americans in 15th (+1:26.2). Taylor Fletcher followed in 17th (+1:38), Bryan Fletcher was 23rd (+2:40) and Johnny Spillane, in his first appearance on the cross-country course this week, finished 30th (+3:09).





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