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Saturday, December 8, 2007
Bjorndalen wins 12.5K pursuit for 76th World Cup win

Associated Press

HOCHFILZEN, Austria -- Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar Bjorndalen overcame poor shooting to win a 12.5-kilometer pursuit Saturday for his 76th World Cup victory.

Sandrine Bailly won the women's 10K pursuit, a day after capturing the 7.5-kilometer sprint.

Bjorndalen missed five targets but used his trademark strong skiing to outpace the field, finishing in 34 minutes, 57.3 seconds.

Russia's Dmitri Yaroshenko was second, 28.7 seconds behind, also after five misses. Germany's Daniel Graf shot cleanly to take third, 1:01 behind.

Bjorndalen, who won the season-opening sprint in Finland last week, leads the overall standings with 194 points. Yaroshenko is second with 185, after getting his first World Cup victory in Friday's 10-kilometer sprint.

Bailly won in 31:37.7, with one missed target. Russia's Ekaterina Lourieva was second, 31.4 seconds behind with four misses, while Germany's Kati Wilhelm took third.

Bailly leads the overall standings with 198 points. Germany's Martina Glagow, who placed fifth Saturday, is second with 194.