The Associated Press - Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 12:11 ET

Emil Hegle Svendsen, Olympic champion, wins 34th career biathlon World Cup

Russia's Alexey Volkov was 2nd

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen wins the men's individual 20 km race at a Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany., on Saturday. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the men's individual race Saturday for his 34th career biathlon World Cup victory.

Svendsen, the Olympic champion in the individual discipline, missed only one target and completed the 20-kilometre course in 48 minutes, 58.5 seconds for his third victory of the season.

Russia's Alexey Volkov was second, 14.6 seconds behind after shooting cleanly, followed by compatriot Evgeny Ustyugov, who was 16.5 seconds off the pace with one missed target.

Jakov Fak of the Czech Republic and Dominik Landertinger of Austria were fourth and fifth respectively.

World Cup leader and defending champion Martin Fourcade skipped the meet to prepare for the Winter Games in Sochi.

Fourcade leads with 462 points, followed by Svendsen on 353 and Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe on 292.

Men's and women's pursuits take place Sunday.

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