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Bjorndalen wins record 73rd World Cup race

3/10/2007

OSLO, Norway -- Ole Einar Bjorndalen shot clean and won the
12.5-kilometer pursuit race Saturday for his record 73rd World Cup
biathlon victory.

The four-time defending champion from Norway finished the race
in 31 minutes, 03.06 seconds. It was his 10th win in 15 races this
season.

A superb skier, Bjorndalen also won a World Cup cross country
race this season and he missed three biathlon events in Finland
last week to compete in the Nordic World Ski Championships in
Japan.

Raphael Poiree of France, who is retiring at the end of the
season, was 46.9 seconds behind in second place with three missed
targets. Michael Greis of Germany also had three misses and placed
third, 55.5 seconds back.

Greis leads the overall standings with 730 points. Poiree is
second with 663 and Bjorndalen third with 618.

Magdalena Neuner led a German podium sweep in the women's 10K
event. Neuner clocked 31:58.73 with three misses. Andrea Henkel
finished second, 0.6 behind, and Kati Wilhelm third.

Wilhelm tops the overall standings with 799 points. Sweden's
Anna Carin Olofsson, who ended 26th, is second with 754 and Henkel
third with 739.