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Magdalena Forsberg Wins Biathlon Event in Brezno-Osrblie


Sweden's Magdalena Forsberg has continued her dominance of the World Cup biathlon circuit this season by winning a women's 12.5 kilometer mass start event in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia.

Forsberg finished with one miss in the shooting portion but took her sixth win of the season with a time of 35 minutes, 45.4 seconds. Russian Olga Pyleva was second 32.7 seconds behind the Swede. Germany's Uschi Disl was third with four missed targets.

Meanwhile, Finland's Vesa Hietalahti won the men's 15-kilometer mass sprint event, his first World Cup win in six years. Hietalahti miss one target in the shooting and finished the race in 42:50.6.

Germany's Alexander Wolf finished second (41.5 seconds back) with two misses in the shooting. Vyacheslav Derkach of Ukraine was third more than one minute, 10 seconds behind the winner. World Cup leader Frank Luck of Germany finished 21st, more than 2.45 minutes behind the winner.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. A miss in the shooting adds penalty laps to a skier's time on the cross-country course.

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