Germany's Michael Greis has won a World Cup men's biathlon sprint competition in Ruhpolding, Germany, his first win this season.

Greis shot flawlessly to take the 10-kilometer sprint event in 24:59.2 seconds. Russian Maxim Tchoudov was second, nearly 20 seconds back. Alexander Wolf of Germany was third, 30.5 seconds behind his countryman. Both Tchoudov and Wolf had one shooting miss.

Daniel Graf of Germany was fourth with Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen fifth, one of the few times this season the Norwegian has not been on the podium. Bjoerndalen's finish means that he will start Sunday's pursuit nearly 42 seconds after Greis.

However, Bjoerndalen increased his lead in the overall standings to 51 points ahead of Russian Dmitry Yaroshenko. Maxim Tchoudov is a distant third place, 159 points behind Bjoerndalen.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting from a variety of positions. Athletes must ski penalty laps for missed targets.

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