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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Shipulin wins 2nd consecutive biathlon

Associated Press

ANTERSELVA, Italy -- Anton Shipulin of Russia led almost from start to finish in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit to claim his second consecutive World Cup biathlon win on Saturday.

Shipulin completed the course in 31 minutes, 24.2 seconds with two penalties, finishing 22.6 seconds ahead of Jakov Fak of Slovenia.

Fak had a late surge to overtake Austria's Daniel Mesotitsch for second place. Both had just one penalty.

World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France was fourth with two penalties, 38.5 seconds behind Shipulin.

Fourcade is 62 points ahead of Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, who finished fifth and missed four targets.