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Saturday, March 10, 2007
Bjorndalen wins record 73rd World Cup race

Associated Press

OSLO, Norway -- Ole Einar Bjorndalen shot clean and won the 12.5-kilometer pursuit race Saturday for his record 73rd World Cup biathlon victory.

The four-time defending champion from Norway finished the race in 31 minutes, 03.06 seconds. It was his 10th win in 15 races this season.

A superb skier, Bjorndalen also won a World Cup cross country race this season and he missed three biathlon events in Finland last week to compete in the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan.

Raphael Poiree of France, who is retiring at the end of the season, was 46.9 seconds behind in second place with three missed targets. Michael Greis of Germany also had three misses and placed third, 55.5 seconds back.

Greis leads the overall standings with 730 points. Poiree is second with 663 and Bjorndalen third with 618.

Magdalena Neuner led a German podium sweep in the women's 10K event. Neuner clocked 31:58.73 with three misses. Andrea Henkel finished second, 0.6 behind, and Kati Wilhelm third.

Wilhelm tops the overall standings with 799 points. Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson, who ended 26th, is second with 754 and Henkel third with 739.