Berger, Shipulin win biathlon WCup pursuit races

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 15 at 11:07 AM

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (AP) — Tora Berger of Norway overcame three penalty laps to win a biathlon World Cup pursuit race on Sunday for her second victory of the season.

She completed the 10-kilometer course in 31 minutes, 0.3 seconds in snowy conditions to claim her 14th career win.

Helena Ekholm of Sweden finished 17.9 seconds behind in second place and Marie Laure Brunet of France was 25.1 seconds back in third, with both skiers shooting flawlessly.

Overall World Cup leader Magdalena Neuner of Germany made the rare mistake of shooting at the wrong target at the third shooting round and had to settle for eighth. Neuner leads overall with 588 points, followed by Darya Domracheva of Belarus on 531.

In the men's 12.5-kilometer race, Anton Shipulin of Russia earned his first biathlon World Cup victory of the season by holding off Martin Fourcade in a pursuit race.

Shipulin missed just one target to finish in 34 minutes, 50.8 seconds for the second victory of his career.

Fourcade was 11.1 seconds behind and ended up sharing second place with Arnd Peiffer of Germany, who finished the race in fifth but had his final time reduced by 20 seconds because he was penalized one lap by mistake.

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway was ninth to lead the overall standings with 474 points, 24 points ahead of Martin Fourcade. Simon Fourcade is third with 395.

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