Birnbacher, Berger win biathlon World Cup races



POKLJUKA, Slovenia (AP) — Andreas Birnbacher of Germany shot perfectly to win a 15-kilometer mass start event at a biathlon World Cup meet Sunday. Tora Berger of Norway took the women’s 12.5K race.

Birnbacher was the only skier to hit all targets in the men’s race, finishing in 35 minutes, 39.4 seconds to beat Jakov Fak of Slovakia by 17.7 seconds.

Tim Burke of the U.S. was third, 22.6 seconds back. Both Burke and Fak missed two shots, as did defending overall champion Martin Mourcade of France — 25.9 back in fourth.

Berger also missed two shots but capitalized on mistakes by her main rivals to win in 35:53.8. Miriam Goessner of Germany was 35.5 seconds back in second after missing four shots. Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic was 1:02.1 back.