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Sunday, March 4, 2007
Poiree wins third straight World Cup biathlon race

Associated Press

LAHTI, Finland -- Raphael Poiree shot clean and won the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit race Sunday for his third straight World Cup biathlon victory.

The 32-year-old Frenchman, who will retire at the end of this season, finished in 31 minutes, 3.79 seconds for his 43rd career World Cup win. He also won the 20K and 10K events in Lahti.

Martina Glagow took the women's 10K pursuit in 28:48.70 with one miss, leading a German sweep of the top four places.

With the win, Poiree advanced from third to second overall with 567 points. Michael Greis of Germany, who was six seconds behind in second place, retained the overall lead with 641 points.

Ole Einar Bjorndalen, the four-time defending champion, dropped to fourth with 528 points. The Norwegian skipped the meet in Finland to compete in the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan.

Glagow finished the women's race 15.9 seconds ahead of Kati Wilhelm. Both Germans had one miss. It was Glagow's 10th career victory.

In the overall standings, Wilhelm leads Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson 744 points to 709. Olofsson wound up 12th after missing two targets.