Bjorndalen wins team event for fourth straight year

Updated: January 1, 2007, 10:18 AM ET
Associated Press

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Ole Einar Bjorndalen won the biathlon World Team Challenge for the fourth straight year Sunday in front of 52,000 spectators.

Bjorndalen teamed up with fellow Norwegian Linda Grubben to capture the mixed-pair event in Gelsenkirchen's domed soccer stadium. The event isn't on the World Cup schedule, but offers competitors the year's biggest crowds.

"We look forward to this event the whole year -- there is nothing like biathlon in Gelsenkirchen," Bjorndalen said.

Bjorndalen and Grubben, who split $31,000 in prize money, finished 18 rounds of 1,264 meters in 31 minute, 17.2 seconds with two missed targets.

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