Zaitseva, Malyshko give Russians pursuit sweep

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Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 6 at 12:05 PM

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Olga Zaitseva overcame three missed targets to win a women's 10-kilometer pursuit Sunday for the Russian's first biathlon Word Cup win of the season.

Dmitry Malyshko made it a Russian sweep when he won the men's 12.5 kilometer pursuit. He shot cleanly and finished in 32 minutes, 22.9 seconds, beating teammate Evgeniy Garanichev by 42.1 seconds.

Zaitseva missed two shots in the second prone stage and another at the first standing stage, but shot cleanly in the next to finish in 32 minutes, 1.9 seconds.

Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic was 25.9 seconds behind in second for her first podium finish, while Valj Semerenko of Ukraine was third. Both missed one target.

Norway's Tora Berger uncharacteristically missed seven targets but still managed to finish fourth, 36.8 seconds back.

Germany's Miriam Goessner, who won the 7.5K sprint Saturday, missed all five shots at the first stage, and then five more to finish 10th.

After 10 of 26 events, Berger still leads the women's standings with 485 points, and Martin Fourcade of France leads the men with 444 points.

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