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Bjorndalen wins 12.5K pursuit for 76th World Cup win

12/8/2007

HOCHFILZEN, Austria -- Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar
Bjorndalen overcame poor shooting to win a 12.5-kilometer pursuit
Saturday for his 76th World Cup victory.


Sandrine Bailly won the women's 10K pursuit, a day after
capturing the 7.5-kilometer sprint.


Bjorndalen missed five targets but used his trademark strong
skiing to outpace the field, finishing in 34 minutes, 57.3 seconds.


Russia's Dmitri Yaroshenko was second, 28.7 seconds behind, also
after five misses. Germany's Daniel Graf shot cleanly to take
third, 1:01 behind.


Bjorndalen, who won the season-opening sprint in Finland last
week, leads the overall standings with 194 points. Yaroshenko is
second with 185, after getting his first World Cup victory in
Friday's 10-kilometer sprint.


Bailly won in 31:37.7, with one missed target. Russia's
Ekaterina Lourieva was second, 31.4 seconds behind with four
misses, while Germany's Kati Wilhelm took third.


Bailly leads the overall standings with 198 points. Germany's
Martina Glagow, who placed fifth Saturday, is second with 194.