Tora Berger wins biathlon World Cup to extend lead

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 13 at 11:02 AM

RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) — Tora Berger of Norway won her fifth biathlon World Cup event of the season to extend her lead in the overall standings on Sunday.

Berger had just one miss in excellent conditions to win the 12.5-kilometer mass start race in 37 minutes, 14.4 seconds. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 26.7 seconds behind with two missed targets.

Olga Zaitseva had been leading but lost steam and missed one target in the final shoot to allow Berger and Domracheva to overtake. The Russian finished 37.8 back in third.

Rising star Miriam Goessner of Germany, who took the 7.5-kilometer sprint on Friday, missed six targets before finishing eighth.

After 12 of 26 events, Berger had 574 points, 103 more than Goessner, while Domracheva was third with 443.

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