Björndalen Returns to the Podium with Pursuit Gold at IBU World Cup 8

Ole Einar Björndalen is well known as the King of Biathlon, but he had not won in over a year when he stepped into the start gate Sunday for the Men’s Pursuit (IBU article, results). However, he took advantage of mistakes by Emil Hegle Svendsen and Martin Fourcade in the final standing shooting stage and put in a strong final lap to win gold.

Björndalen had two misses in the first prone shooting stage but shot clean the rest of the way. Fourcade came in second (+13.8, three penalties) and Dmitry Malyshko was third (+22.7, three penalties).

The Americans were all over the top 25, with Tim Burke in 11th (+1:37.5, four penalties), Lowell Bailey was 12th (+1:39.8, six penalties), Jay Hakkinen was 14th (+1:52.9, two penalties) and Russell Currier was 23rd (+2:45.0, six penalties).

Kaisa Mäkäräinen thrilled the Finnish crowds by winning the Women’s Pursuit (IBU article, results) in a time of 32:23.0, with one penalty. Magdalena Neuner was second (+35.9, four penalties) and Darya Domracheva was third (+37.0, four penalties).

Next up is the World Championships, coming from Ruhpolding, Germany from February 29 to March 11th!

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