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Norwegian Biathletes Win World Cup Mass Start Races in Trondheim


Home-country biathletes Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Tora Berger have won the men's 15-kilometer and women's 12.5-kilometer World Cup mass start events in Trondheim, Norway.

The 35-year-old Bjorndalen missed no targets Sunday as he earned his record 89th World Cup biathlon victory by finishing the event in 41:12.9. Simon Eder of Austria was second, 39.1 seconds behind, while Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway was third, 53.4 seconds back.

With the win, the Norwegian moved another step closer to his sixth overall championship. He has 924 points and leads Poland's Tomasz Sikora by 71. Maxim Tchoudov of Russia is third with 737 points.

Tora Berger missed one target and picked up her fourth World Cup victory as she won the women's event in 39:29.7. Simone Hauswald of Germany was the runner-up, one second back, while Sandrine Bailly of France took third place (2.1).

Helena Jonsson of Sweden held onto the overall lead with 894 points, followed by Kati Wilhelm of Germany with 872 and Berger with 800 points.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.


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