Svendsen wins in Ruhpolding

Wed, 12 Jan 17:02:00 2011

Olympic gold medallist Emil Hegle Svendsen racked up his third IBU biathlon World Cup victory of the season to close the gap on compatriot Tarjei Boe at the top of the overall leaderboard.

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Svendsen missed just one target to seal 20km individual gold on the opening day of the fifth World Cup meeting of the season in Ruhpolding, Germany, completing the course in 50:39.4 minutes.

France’s Martin Fourcade clinched silver, coming home 7.4 seconds behind Svendsen, having also missed one target while Austria’s Dominik Landertinger completed the podium in third, 23.7 seconds off the pace.

Fourcade’s brother Simon shot cleanly but just missed out on the podium in fourth while Boe swiftly followed in fifth place.

Boe won the last two races and four of the last six, and remains atop the overall standings with 489 points. Svendsen is 35 points behind after his 19th career World Cup victory while six-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway is third with 338.

Ruhpolding†: 20km Men

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