Biathlon

Friday Dec. 6, 2013 09:14 ET

Lars Berger, Selina Gasparin win biathlon World Cup sprint

Gasparin 1st Swiss biathelete to win World Cup event

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Switzerland's Selina Gasparin celebrates her victory after the women's 7.5 km sprint competition on Friday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press)

Lars Berger of Norway overcame two missed targets to take a biathlon World Cup 10-kilometre sprint on Friday in Hochfilzen, Austria for his seventh career victory.

Berger missed twice in the stand shooting before finishing in 25 minutes, 2.0 seconds.

Overall World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France was 13.6 seconds back in second. Fourcade shot flawlessly but couldn't match Berger's pace at skiing as snowfall made conditions harder after Berger finished.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway missed one target and finished 15.3 off the lead in third.

Earlier, Selina Gasparin became the first Swiss biathlete to win a World Cup by taking the women's 7.5K sprint.

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Shannan, Que., was 13th in the men's competition, with Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alta., 17th in the women's event.

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