Biathlon

The Associated Press - Saturday Jan. 4, 2014 08:20 ET

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen wins biathlon World Cup pursuit

2nd win in as many days for Norweigian

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Winner Emil Hegle Svendsen of Noway skis during the men's 12.5 km pursuit competition at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, on Saturday. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the men's pursuit at a biathlon World Cup meet Saturday in Oberhof, Germany for his second win in two days, taking advantage of Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's mistakes at the final shooting station.

Svendsen missed only one target and completed the 12.5-kilometre race in 34 minutes 47.7 seconds, beating his compatriot Bjoerndalen by 35.6 seconds. 

The 39-year-old Bjoerndalen -- a six-time Olympic champion and the sport's all-time great -- led going into the final shoot but two missed targets. That allowed Svendsen, who beat his teammate by 0.4 seconds in Friday's sprint, to claim his 33rd career World Cup win. 

Overall World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France was third, exactly one minute behind after missing three targets. 

Calgary native Macx Davies was 54th.

Also, Darya Domracheva of Belarus won the women's 10K pursuit, finishing in 33:35.8 to beat Finland's Kaisa Makarainen for the second time in as many days.

Friday's sprint winner, Domracheva, started with a comfortable lead of 29.8 seconds over her rival, though Makarainen fought back to claim first position in the third shoot, only to miss two targets and let Domracheva pull away and claim her second victory of the season, by 34.6 seconds.

Both missed three targets altogether.

Norway's Synnoeve Solemdal was third with two missed targets, 1:19.10 behind Makarainen, while Tora Berger of Norway was fourth, also with two missed targets.

Valj Semerenko's ninth-place finish was enough for the Ukrainian to join Czech skier Gabriela Soukalova atop the standings on 278 points after eight events.

Soukalova was 26th after Friday's sprint but managed to claw her way back to 12th.

Local favourite Andrea Henkel made up 21 places after a disappointing sprint to finish her last home pursuit in 16th. Henkel, a two-time Olympic gold medallist , is retiring at the end of the season.

Claude Godbout of Valcartier, Que., was 55th.

Men's and women's mass start races are scheduled for Sunday.

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