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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Svendsen earns 20-kilometer gold

Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen denied countryman Ole Einar Bjoerndalen his sixth Olympic gold, beating his mentor in the men's 20-kilometer individual biathlon race.

Bjoerndalen was in position to win biathlon's biggest and toughest race Thursday, but he missed the first target on his final, standing shoot, costing him a 1-minute penalty. He finished 9.5 seconds behind Svendsen's winning time of 48 minutes, 22.5 seconds.

Sergey Novikov of Belarus, who hit all 20 targets, tied Bjoerndalen for the silver medal. Svendsen missed one target and Bjoerndalen two.