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Fourcade gets close win in World Cup biathlon

Martin Fourcade of France won the men's 15-kilometre mass start biathlon World Cup race Sunday, and Germany's Magdalena Neuner took the women's 12.5-kilometre event.

Martin Fourcade of France won the men's 15-kilometre mass start biathlon World Cup race Sunday, and Germany's Magdalena Neuner took the women's 12.5-kilometre event.

Fourcade took control in the final three kilometres, winning in 39 minutes 48.9 seconds to edge Tomasz Sikora of Poland, who shot clean but was 3.1 seconds back. Tarjei Boe of Norway was 4.7 seconds behind after two misses, placing third to extend his lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Jakov Fak of Slovenia led on the first loop and was among the 19 who shot clean in the first prone stage. Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway, Boe, Fourcade and Carl Johan Bergman of Sweden remained in the front group for the second loop.

In the women's event, Neuner moved up from second in Saturday's pursuit to take the mass start in 39:30.6. Andrea Henkel of Germany was 23.6 seconds behind to place second and take the lead of the overall World Cup standings going into the world championships next month.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus was third, 28.7 behind Neuner. All three women had a single miss.

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