Lars Berger (C) of Norway won his first biathlon World Cup victory since 2009 in British Columbia with a time of 23 minutes, 55.1 seconds. ((Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images))

Lars Berger of Norway captured his first biathlon World Cup victory in nearly two years by winning Friday's 10-kilometre sprint in Ruhpolding, Germany.

Berger hit all 10 targets and finished in 23 minutes, 55.1 seconds. Berger earned his fifth career World Cup win and first since taking a sprint in March, 2009, in Vancouver.

Berger finished 21.7 seconds ahead of Martin Fourcade of France. Ivan Tcherezov of Russia finished third.

Overall World Cup leader Tarjei Boe also of Norway was fifth, behind Emil Hegle Svendsen, who is second in the standings.