France's Fourcade, Finland's Makarainen both win 2nd straight biathlon World Cup pursuit



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Finland's winner Kaisa Makarainen celebrates on her way to the podium after the women's 7.5 km sprint biathlon World Cup competition, in Hochfilzen, Austria, on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


HOCHFILZEN, Austria — Olympic pursuit champion Martin Fourcade of France shot flawlessly to win a biathlon World Cup event Sunday, while Kaisa Makarainen of Finland dominated the women's pursuit for her third straight World Cup win.

Both athletes also took the season-opening pursuits in Ostersund, Sweden, last week.

Fourcade started the 12.5-kilometer men's race 27.8 seconds behind Johannes Thingnes Boe, who won Friday's sprint. The Norwegian stayed ahead of the field until missing two targets during his third visit at the shooting range.

Fourcade finished in 32 minutes, 53.7 seconds for his 32nd World Cup win and third of the season, beating Germany's Simon Schempp, who also shot cleanly, by 4.1.

Jakov Fak of Slovenia missed once in his final shooting and came 10.9 back in third, followed by Boe, who trailed Fourcade by 16.2.

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway, who led the overall standings, missed three times and finished 1:37.7 behind in 14th.

Makarainen started first in the women's race following her triumph in Friday's sprint and remained ahead for the entire 10-kilometer race.

The defending overall champion missed one target and finished in 30:44.8 to beat second-placed Ekaterina Glazyrina of Russia, who also missed once, by 34.4.

Anais Bescond of France came another 12.1 back in third.

Rosanna Crawford of Canada finished fifth for her best career result, while Olympic pursuit champion Darya Domracheva of Belarus missed five targets and finished 1:45.5 off the lead in 13th.

The biathlon World Cup continues in Pokljuka, Slovenia, next week.

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