Tora Berger wins biathlon World Cup to extend lead

Updated: January 13, 2013, 12:20 PM ET
Associated Press

RUHPOLDING, Germany -- Tora Berger of Norway and Martin Fourcade of France both won biathlon World Cup races Sunday to extend their leads in the overall standings.

Berger won her fifth of the season with just one miss in excellent conditions to win the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start race in 37 minutes, 14.4 seconds.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 26.7 seconds behind with two missed targets.

Olga Zaitseva had been leading but lost steam and missed one target in the final shoot to allow Berger and Domracheva to overtake. The Russian finished 37.8 back in third.

"I saw Zaitseva had one miss and that gave me more focus. I saw the possibility to win and just did my job," Berger said.

Rising star Miriam Goessner of Germany, who claimed victory in the 7.5-kilometer sprint on Friday, missed six targets before finishing eighth.

After 12 of 26 events, Berger has 574 points, 103 more than Goessner, while Domracheva is third on 443.

Later Sunday, Fourcade shot perfectly for the second time in two days to claim the men's 15K mass start in 36 minutes, 27.7 seconds.

Fourcade, who claimed the 10K sprint on Saturday and anchored France to victory in the relay on Thursday -- when he also shot cleanly -- extended his lead atop the overall standings after his 18th career win.

The Frenchman bided his time while taking his shots but skied at speed and finished half a second ahead of Dmitry Malyshko of Russia, who missed once.

"My tactic was to shoot 20 and ski as fast as possible," Fourcade said. "I used all of my strength to beat him today. I really wanted to win today, so I gave a bit more than usual."

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen was third, 10.6 seconds back.

Fourcade has 564 points, ahead of Svendsen's 489 and Russia's Evgeny Ustyugov's 446. Malyshko is fourth.


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