World champion Johannes Rydzek led a German one-two-three finish in the Pyeongchang 2018 Nordic combined individual Gundersen large hill/10 kilometres event as Fabian Riessle and Eric Frenzel took the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Despite ranking fifth in the ski jumping segment of the competition and starting the cross-country race 31 seconds behind leader Akito Watabe of Japan, Rydzek stormed to victory on the final-lap sprint with a time of 23min 52.5sec.
Riessle, the Sochi 2014 bronze medallist, finished 0.4 seconds behind, while Frenzel ended up 0.8 seconds back.
Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber, runner-up in the ski jumping, came fourth at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre.
Watabe, who won the ski jumping with 138.9 points to give himself a one-second head-start over Riiber in the cross-country race, finished fifth overall.
Rydzek became the second reigning world champion in the individual Gundersen large hill/10km to win Olympic gold in the same event.
He follows in the footsteps of the United States' Bill Demong, who achieved the feat in 2010.
"I knew I had the opportunity to win, but I knew also these five guys in the group could also win," Rydzek said.
"I had to put all my heart and all my power into the last climb and then also the last metres."
Defending champion Jørgen Graabak of Norway came 10th.
"My medals from Sochi will always be there," he said.
"No-one can take that away from me.
"So that's not something I think about a lot."
Rydzek’s victory secured Germany's second Nordic combined gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018 and 11th overall, taking them level with Norway at the top of the table.
Frenzel retained his Olympic title last Wednesday (February 14) after prevailing in the individual Gundersen normal hill/10km event.
Today was the first time that a country had recorded a medal sweep in Nordic combined since 1936, when Norway did so in the one event contested that year.
Nordic combined medal action at Pyeongchang 2018 is due to conclude on Thursday (February 22).
The team Gundersen large hill/4x5km event is scheduled to be held.