Slovenia's Fak wins WCup pursuit for 1st victory

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Slovenia\'s winner Jakov Fak celebrates in the finish area after the men\'s 12,5 km pursuit biathlon World Cup competition, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Hochfilzen, Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) — Slovenian biathlete Jakov Fak won a World Cup 12.5-kilometer pursuit Saturday for his first career victory.

Fak missed two targets before edging out Dmitry Malyshko of Russia, who had just one penalty, by 0.9 of a second. Defending overall champion Martin Fourcade of France missed three times and was third.

Fak and Andreas Birnbacher of Germany led the race, side-by-side going into the final 2.5-kilometer loop. Birnbacher could not keep up with Fak's pace and finished fifth, while Fak narrowly held off a late challenge by Malyshko.

Fourcade remained in the lead of both the pursuit and overall standings.