Record-breaking biathlon win for Bjorndalen

Norwegian star Ole Einar Bjorndalen won a 12.5-kilometre pursuit by the widest margin at a biathlon meet Saturday in Austria, extending his record streak of World Cup victories to nine.

Norwegian star Ole Einar Bjorndalen won a 12.5-kilometre pursuit by the widest margin at a biathlon meet Saturday in Austria, extending his record streak of World Cup victories to nine.

Germany's Andrea Henkel won the women's 10-kilometre pursuit, a day after capturing the sprint title. Red Deer, Alta., native Zina Kocher was 14th.

Bjorndalen, who won the sprint Friday, missed two targets and finished in 39 minutes, 50.9 seconds. He was 2:08.1 ahead of Russia's Dmitri Iarochenko, who also missed two targets. Russia's Ivan Tcherezov was third, 2:20.0 back.

"Before the race, I was a bit annoyed by the sudden heavy snowfall, which made it harder for me being the first starter," Bjorndalen said.

He leads the World Cup standings with 250 points and is followed by Iarochenko (192) and Germany's Michael Greis (180). Bjorndalen will skip next week's biathlon event in Hochfilzen in favour of a World Cup cross-country meet in La Clusaz, France.

Henkel missed one target in four shootings and finished in 32:29.2 seconds. She was 37.4 seconds ahead of Norway's Linda Grubben. Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson was third, 39.9 seconds behind.

"This track is just great for me," Henkel said.

Kocher, who finished sixth in Friday's sprint competition, crossed the line three minutes, 51.5 seconds behind Henkel.

"I'm satisfied with my result despite the conditions because it wasn't easy out there," said Kocher, who missed five of her 20 shots on the range. "I know it is not excellent, but it is a personal best.

"I find the pursuit races a little more difficult to concentrate because there is so much going on and many distractions, whereas in the individual races, I can just focus on my own pace."

Henkel extended her overall World Cup standings. She has 204 points after five events, with Grubben second at 178 and Germany's Kati Wilhelm third at 174.