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Burke claims lead in standings

Updated: December 20, 2009, 2:47 PM ET
Associated Press

Tim Burke made U.S. biathlon history on Sunday, adding to the American squad's expectations for the Vancouver Olympics.

In a first for a U.S. biathlete, Burke took over the lead in the World Cup standings by placing sixth in a men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit Sunday in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

"I'm incredibly excited, it has not quite hit me yet," Burke, of Lake Placid, N.Y., said in a conference call. "I'm going to need a few days."

Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia won the race, missing two ...

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