Bjoerndalen wins biathlon World Cup pursuit




KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (AP) — Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen edged France’s Martin Fourcade to win a World Cup 12.5-kilometer pursuit Sunday. Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen captured the women’s 10K race before home fans.

Bjoerndalen missed two targets in the first shooting round, but shot cleanly in the final round to overtake Fourcade and finish in 33 minutes, 43.8 seconds.

The Frenchman had one penalty in the second shooting round and missed another two shots in the final round. He finished second, 13.8 seconds back. Russia’s Dmitry Malyshko was third, 22.7 seconds behind.

Makarainen missed one target and finished her race in 32 minutes, 23 seconds. Germany’s Magdalena Neuner and Belarus’ Darya Domracheva drew four penalties each and finished second and third, 35.9 seconds and 37 seconds back.