Kircheisen captures Nordic combined sprint event

Updated: March 12, 2006, 1:56 PM ET
Associated Press

OSLO, Norway -- Bjorn Kircheisen of Germany won a World Cup Nordic combined sprint event Sunday, finishing the 7.5-kilometer freestyle cross-country race in 18 minutes, 55.1 seconds.

Earlier, he placed ninth in the ski jumping portion. He had the fifth fastest ski time.

Magnus Moan of Norway was second, 3.7 seconds back, and Anssi Koivuranta of Finland was third.

Hannu Manninen, another Finn who has already clinched his third straight overall title, was 13th.

With two events left, Manninen has 1,320 points in the overall standings, followed by Moan with 875, and Kircheisen with 758.

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