Biathlon - In-form Svendsen claims win in Ruhpolding

Emil Hegle Svendsen's fine 2014 continued in Ruhpolding as the Norwegian claimed his third World Cup victory in his last four outings with success in the men's 20km individual.

Biathlon - In-form Svendsen claims win in Ruhpolding

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Emil Hegle Svendsen (Reuters)

Although he finished 11th in his last outing, Svendsen has enjoyed himself since the turn of the year – winning the first two competitions of 2014.

And Svendsen was at it again in Germany as he picked up one penalty en route to finishing in 48:58.5 minutes for the win.

Completing the podium were Russian duo Alexey Volkov and Evegeny Ustyugov who were 14.6 seconds and 16.5 further back respectively in second and third.

The win was Svendsen's 34th in his World Cup career, meaning he moved one ahead of Sven Fischer to sit alone in third in the all-time list – with just Ole Einar Bjørndalen (93) and Raphaël Poirée (44) with more to their name.

Svendsen now sits second in the overall World Cup standings on 353 points, closing the gap on Frenchman Martin Fourcade who leads the way on 462.

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