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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Goessner, Malyshko win biathlon World Cup sprints

Associated Press

OBERHOF, Germany -- Miriam Goessner of Germany overcame two missed shots to win the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at a biathlon World Cup meet on Saturday.

Goessner nearly wasted a massive lead over Tora Berger when she missed her shots at the standing stage, but held on to beat the Norwegian by two seconds.

Goessner finished in 21 minutes, 17.2 seconds for the 22-year-old's second career World Cup win.

Germany's Andrea Henkel was third after shooting cleanly, 24.1 seconds back.

Dmitry Malyshko led a Russian 1-2 in the men's 10K sprint later Saturday, beating teammate Evgeniy Garanichev by 12.6 seconds for his first career World Cup win.

Malyshko overcame one missed penalty in difficult conditions to finish in 25:07.9. Garanichev and third-place Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway also both missed one target.

Fourth-place Alexis Boeuf was among the few skiers to shoot cleanly, as a strong wind and light rain cut across the shooting range.