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Bieler overtakes Koivuranta late to win combined sprint

Updated: December 3, 2006, 10:44 AM ET
Associated Press

LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Austria's Christoph Bieler overtook Anssi Koivuranta of Finland on the final straightaway to win a World Cup Nordic combined sprint on Sunday.

Bieler finished in 17 minutes, 30.8 seconds in the 7.5-kilometer cross-country ski race, edging the Finn by 1.2 seconds.

It was the Austrian's first World Cup win and seventh podium finish. His previous best was a second at Schonach, Germany, last season.

Maxime Laheurte of France was third, 4.6 ...

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