Fourcade, Berger take biathlon pursuit races

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Tora Berger, center, of Norway celebrates winning on the podium, with second placed Olena Pidhrusjna, left, of Ukraine and third placed Olga Viluchina, of Russia after the women\'s 7.5km individual biathlon IBU World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden, Saturday Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Anders Wiklund) SWEDEN OUT


OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) — Martin Fourcade of France took advantage of nearly windless weather to win the biathlon in Sweden despite starting Sunday's race in 10th position.

Fourcade completed the 12.5-kilometer pursuit in 33 minutes, 3.5 seconds, with only one penalty and just seven-tenths of a second ahead of second-place finisher Andreas Birnbacher of Germany. Anton Shipulin of Russia was third.

In the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, Tora Berger of Norway used his first-place start to secure a victory with a time of 31 minutes, 1.9 seconds.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second just under half a minute behind Berger, while Andrea Henkel of Germany finished third.