Jarl Magnus Riiber finished third in today’s Gundersen at the final International Ski Federation Nordic Combined World Cup of the season in Schonach, meaning it is now impossible for the Norwegian to set a new record for most wins in a single season.
The 21-year-old, who has already secured the overall World Cup title, had won 11 World Cup races already this year and would have been on track to set a new record of 13 in a single season if he had crossed the line first again today.
His loss, however, means it is now only possible for him to equal the current record held by Finland’s Hannu Manninen if he bounces back to win tomorrow’s Gundersen in the German resort.
As the Norwegian double world champion had an off day, taking the win instead was Austria’s Bernhard Gruber, who finished the cross-country race in 25min 10.8sec after scoring 119.5 points in the ski jumps to gain his first World Cup win of the season.
That time saw the 36-year-old beat his compatriot Lukas Greiderer by just 0.6 seconds, with the gap to Riiber 9.8 seconds.
Greiderer had never previously finished on the podium.
Tomorrow the last contest of the season is due to begin at 11am local time, with various end of season awards set to be handed out afterwards including Athlete of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year.