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Bjorndalen earns ninth Cup win of season

Associated Press

OSLO, Norway -- Four-time Olympic biathlon champion Ole Einar Bjorndalen won a World Cup event at Holmenkollen on Sunday for his ninth victory of the season and 36th overall.

Bjorndalen covered the 12.5-kilometer pursuit event in 34 minutes, 12.1 seconds and missed one target. Germany's Sven Fischer had two misses and finished second.

"I'll put this special prize next to my Olympic gold medals,'' the 29-year-old Norwegian said. "This is the biggest prize a biathlete can win in Norway, and it means a lot for me.''

Bjorndalen leads the overall standings with 606 points. France's Raphael Poiree is second with 516. Bjorndalen also leads the pursuit standings, one point ahead of Poiree.

Vladimir Dratchev of Belarus, who won Saturday's sprint, the first leg of the pursuit, finished 53 seconds back in eighth place.

Martina Glagow won the women's 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit in 31:09.78, with one miss, and moved into second place in the overall standings, 52 points behind overall leader Jekaterina Dafovska, who finished 21st.

Olena Zubrilova of Belarus finished second, 3.6 seconds back, after two misses, and Italy's Michela Ponza shot clean and crossed the finish line 4.7 seconds behind the winner.

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