Akito Watabe (2011 graduate of the School of Sports Sciences, now with Kitano Construction Corp.) has won the World Cup in the Nordic combined, held on March 1 in Lahti, Finland.
In the first part of the competition, the ski jump, Watabe took top spot with a 127m effort. In the cross-country, he was in a close fight in the leader pack with a Norwegian rival, but finally managed to draw clear to finish first.
It was his first win since March 2018.
Let’s keep supporting Watabe to the hilt.
※Nordic combined: athletes compete in the ski jump and cross-country skiing, with the results of each event combined for the final score. Scores for the first part, the ski jump, are determined by distance jumped and form in the air. Next, the cross-country race start is staggered in order of ski jump results (from first to last). The overall score is determined by adding the cross-country result.