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Poiree wins third straight World Cup biathlon race

3/4/2007

LAHTI, Finland -- Raphael Poiree shot clean and won the
men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit race Sunday for his third straight
World Cup biathlon victory.


The 32-year-old Frenchman, who will retire at the end of this
season, finished in 31 minutes, 3.79 seconds for his 43rd career
World Cup win. He also won the 20K and 10K events in Lahti.


Martina Glagow took the women's 10K pursuit in 28:48.70 with one
miss, leading a German sweep of the top four places.


With the win, Poiree advanced from third to second overall with
567 points. Michael Greis of Germany, who was six seconds behind in
second place, retained the overall lead with 641 points.


Ole Einar Bjorndalen, the four-time defending champion, dropped
to fourth with 528 points. The Norwegian skipped the meet in
Finland to compete in the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan.


Glagow finished the women's race 15.9 seconds ahead of Kati
Wilhelm. Both Germans had one miss. It was Glagow's 10th career
victory.


In the overall standings, Wilhelm leads Sweden's Anna Carin
Olofsson 744 points to 709. Olofsson wound up 12th after missing
two targets.