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Svendsen claims World Cup sprint

AP, OBERHOF, Germany

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the men’s 10km sprint on Friday for his 32nd career biathlon World Cup victory.

Svendsen missed two targets and finished in 26 minutes, 44.3 seconds to edge compatriot Ole Einar Bjoerndalen by 0.4 of a second.

“I was a bit anxious since I had no wins this year, so it is nice to have at least one win before the Olympics,” Svendsen said.

The 39-year-old Bjoerndalen, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, also missed two targets as wind, rain and fog made conditions difficult.

“I had good skiing, although the shooting was just OK,” Bjoerndalen said.

Overall World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France was third, 21.7 seconds behind with three missed targets, ahead of Russia’s Evgeny Ustyugov, who missed one.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus won the women’s 7.5K sprint, finishing in 23 minutes, 6.7 seconds after missing one target for her first victory of the season.

Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen was 29.8 seconds behind with two missed targets, while Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine was third, 36.4 seconds back after no mistakes.

Overall leader Gabriela Soukalova from the Czech Republic had to settle for 26th place, but maintained her lead in the overall standings.

Local favorite Andrea Henkel was given loud support by the crowd in the 36-year-old’s last home sprint, but she could only manage 37th place after four mistakes. Henkel, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is retiring at the end of the season.

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