Biathlon - Birnbacher wins in Germany

Andreas Birnbacher delivered a perfect display of shooting in the men’s 15km mass start to cap a great weekend for Germany in Oberhof in the IBU Biathlon World Cup.

Biathlon - Birnbacher wins in Germany

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Andreas Birnbacher of Germany competes during the men's 20 km individual race at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, March 8, 2011

Birnbacher overcame the favourite, Simon Fourcade, to complete a stunning victory.

The Frenchman set the early pace as 19 men cleared the first round of shooting without a penalty but heading into the final stage it was just Birnbacher and Slovakia’s Klemen Bauer who preserved their faultless round.

But three penalties from the Slovakian handed the initiative to Birnbacher who finished in a time of 38:34.6 – nearly 25 seconds clear of Fourcade and a farther five ahead of the fast finishing Emil Hegle Svendsen.

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