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Akito Watabe came up well short in his bid for a first individual medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships, placing fifth in a Nordic combined event on Friday.

Watabe was sixth after the normal hill ski jumping portion of the competition, leaving the 28-year-old with a 31-second deficit to make up to the leader, Germany’s Eric Frenzel, over the 10-km cross-country phase in Lahti.

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