Gold medal favorite Eric Frenzel of Germany competed true to form Wednesday to take the lead after the ski jumping portion of Nordic combined's individual normal hill event at the Sochi Olympics.
Jumping last of 46 entries, runaway World Cup leader Frenzel soared 103 meters and scored 131.5 points to overcome the 100.5 meters and 130.0 points posted by Japan's Akito Watabe immediately before him.
Evgeniy Klimov's opening jump of the day held until the final two jumpers. The Russian finished with the third-best total.
Under the Gundersen system, Frenzel will lead off the 10-kilometer cross-country portion later Wednesday on a course adjacent to the hill at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center — four loops of the 2.5-kilometer circuit.
Watabe will start six seconds after Frenzel and Klimov 27 seconds.