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Fourcade, Berger win biathlon WCup pursuits

December 4, 2011
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OSTERSUND, Sweden—Martin Fourcade of France and Norwegian Tora Berger won the pursuit races at a biathlon World Cup event on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Fourcade crossed the finish line of the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit with a comfortable lead and a time of 32 minutes, 56 seconds, despite losing one of his poles on the final stretch.

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen led the race after the first two shooting stages, but missed two targets in the third and fourth to finish second, 25.5 seconds behind Fourcade.

Jaroslav Soukup of the Czech Republic was third, 26.9 seconds back.

The win secured Fourcade's lead in the overall cup standings as this season's first set of races concluded in Sweden.

Tora Berger of Norway won the women's 10-kilometer pursuit.

Berger took the lead from the start of the race and missed only one target at the final shooting stage, ending in 33 minutes, 56.9 seconds.

She was chased by Kaisa Makarainen of Finland, who missed two targets to end second, 33.2 seconds behind.

Germany's Magdalena Neuner finished third, 1 minute and 24.4 seconds back.

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