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Tuesday, February 6, 2007
France's Poiree wins 20-km men's biathlon race

Associated Press

ANTERSELVA, Italy -- Raphael Poiree of France won a 20-kilometer men's individual race at the biathlon World Championship on Tuesday.

Poiree finished in 56 minutes, 14.6 seconds without missing a target.

American Tim Burke finished seventh (1:27.6), the second-best U.S. finish ever in the World Championship.

"After this race, the smile is going to be there for a long time. I am so happy to have a race like this," he said.

It was Poiree's eighth career World Championship gold medal.

Michael Greis of Germany finished 26.8 seconds behind Poiree to take silver, 10.6 seconds ahead of bronze medallist Michal Slesinger of the Czech Republic.

Norway's Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who won the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit and the 10-kilometer sprint last weekend, was almost 5 minutes behind in 32nd.