Bjoerndalen back to winning ways

Sun, 05 Dec 16:48:00 2010

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen finally got the better of compatriot Emil Hegle Svendsen to secure biathlon World Cup victory in Oestersund, Sweden.

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The six-times Olympic champion had previously been forced to play second fiddle to Svendsen in Sweden and had settled for silver on two occasions, but on Sunday it was the 36-year-old who proved victorious in the 12.5km pursuit.

Bjoerndalen won in 35:47.7 minutes, 26.2 seconds ahead of Svendsen and just over a minute ahead of third placed Jakov Fak of Slovenia.

The Norwegian had his accuracy on the shooting range to thank for victory as he missed just two targets while both Svendsen and Fak missed three.

"I held my tactic today of staying behind Emil and that was good enough to win. I was really happy with my shooting overall," said Bjoerndalen.

"It was not my best race, absolutely not. Yesterday was a much better race.

"There is no break for me this year. I plan to do all competitions and see what happens.”

Earlier in the women’s 10km pursuit, Kaisa Makarainen of Finland reigned supreme by hitting all 20 of her targets in an impressive victory.

Makarainen doubled her number of career World Cup biathlon victories as she came home in 31:57.1 minutes, ahead of Germany’s Miriam Gossner and Helena Ekholm of Sweden, who took silver and bronze respectively.

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