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Fischer wins biathlon world cup event

1/20/2002

RUHPOLDING, Germany -- Sven Fischer came from behind to beat
his brother-in-law, Frank Luck, for a 1-2 German finish in the
men's 12.5-kilometer Biathlon World Cup pursuit event Sunday.

Liv Grete Poiree of Norway overcame four shooting errors to win
the women's 10-kilometer pursuit.

Fischer, ninth in Saturday's sprint portion, passed Luck on the
final climb and beat him by 7.6 seconds. Fischer finished in 37
minutes, 21.2 seconds.

"I knew he would attack, but I couldn't hold him off," Luck
said.

The two Germans were the only entrants who didn't miss any
targets.

Russia's Pavel Rostovtsev was third, 57.2 seconds behind
Fischer.

Poiree, who led after the sprint portion, held on to first place
despite poor shooting. She had three misses from the final standing
position but still edged World Cup leader Magdalena Forsberg of
Sweden by 10.1 seconds. Poiree's time was 32:26.9.

Olena Zubrilova of Ukraine was third, 11.2 seconds off the pace.