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Sikora, Berger Win WC Biathlon in Oberhof


Perfect shooting was the key to victory for both Tomasz Sikora of Poland and Tora Berger of Norway at a World Cup biathlon competition in Oberhof, Germany Saturday.

In heavy winds and blowing snow, Sikora was the only man in the top eight finishers to shoot perfectly in the 10-kilometer sprint event. His winning time was 28 minutes, 13.3 seconds to capture his third career World Cup win.

World Cup points leader Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway was second, 16.2 seconds back with three missed targets. Teammate Emil Hegle Svendsen was off target twice and finished third (28:30).

Bjoerndalen extended his lead in the overall standings with 301 points while Dmitri Yaroshenko of Russia is second at 271 points. Vincent Defrasne of France is third with 184 points.

In the women's 7.5-kilometer event, Berger shot perfectly to win in 23 minutes, 58.2 seconds. Svetlana Sleptsova of Russia was second, 5.5 seconds back with two shooting misses. Germany's Magdalena Neuner finished third, 10.7 seconds off the winner with four missed targets.

Martina Glagow of Germany leads the overall World Cup standings with 281 points. France's Sandrine Bailly is second with 273 points.

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