By Liam Morgan

Frenzel cruised to victory in the end despite only finishing third in the jumping round ©Getty ImagesGermany's Eric Frenzel retained his Nordic Combined Triple trophy after he completed a stunning weekend with his third victory in a row at Seefeld, Austria.

Frenzel - who won both events yesterday and on Friday - ensured he would claim the top spot on the podium as he posted a time of 38min 25.9 seconds, which was 9.9 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Norwegian Håvard Klemetsen, who finished behind the German star for the second year running.

Japan's Akito Watabe took third spot, 20.5 seconds adrift of the formidable Frenzel.

Klemetsen, however, gave himself every chance of avenging that record as he prevailed in the jumping stage, posting 109 and 110.5 metres, which were the furthest jumps in each round.

He was closely followed by home favourite Bernhard Gruber, whose efforts of 103m and 101.5m gave him 236.7 points, while Frenzel recovered from a poor opening attempt with a massive jump of 110m in difficult conditions to finish the first stage in third.

The German trailed Klemetsen by one minute 33 seconds but he proved too strong once again in the 15 kilometre race, as had often been the case during the first two Triple events.

Eric Frenzel completed his dominance of the Triple event with his third win a row to retain his crown ©Getty ImagesEric Frenzel completed his dominance of the Triple event with his third win a row to retain his crown ©Getty Images

He clawed back the deficit and was involved in a straight fight with Gruber, but the Austrian simply couldn't keep pace with Frenzel, who even had time to claim a German flag before crossing the line in triumphant fashion.

Watabe, meanwhile, had a close battle to claim the final podium place as he edged out Germany's Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Rießle.

Despite being known for their prowess on the race stage, neither Italian Alessandro Pittin, Mikko Kokslien or Norway nor Magnus Moan, also of Norway, could come back from time disadvantages from the jumping phase of the competition to come into contention on a day that belonged to a 26-year-old German.

The result extends Frenzel's advantage at the top of the overall leaderboard to 145 points ahead of compatriot Rießle, who has 476 points, with Watabe in third position on 437 points.

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