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Burke matches best U.S. finish ever

Updated: December 3, 2009, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

OSTERSUND, Sweden -- Make room, Europeans. The Americans are starting to look right at home on the biathlon medals podium.

Tim Burke matched the best finish ever by a U.S. biathlete in a World Cup event Thursday, finishing second to Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen in the men's season-opening race. Hegle Svendsen and Burke each missed one target in the 20-kilometer race, but the Norwegian outskied the American to secure his 12th individual World Cup win.

Burke's silver follows Jeremy Teela's ...

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