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Bjorndalen becomes triple world champ

NORWAY'S Ole Einar Bjorndalen became a triple biathlon world champion yesterday, speeding to victory in the men's individual race.

Bjorndalen missed three targets in the crucial four shooting sessions, but skied fastest to win his third gold medal at the world championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He finished the 20K race in 52 minutes, 28 seconds to beat Christoph Stephan of Germany by 14.1 seconds.

Stephan hit all but one of the targets.

The world championships also double as a World Cup meet, and the win means the 35-year-old Bjorndalen beat Swedish alpine skiing great Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup victories. The biathlon World Cup is run independently of the International Ski Federation, however, which organizes the alpine, Nordic and snowboarding circuits.

"I have always admired Ingemar Stenmark," Bjorndalen said. "He was always hungry for the next good race and I'm pretty much the same. But I was lucky to win. It's a very hard track here and it's hard to shoot. I had fantastic skis today, so that's why I won."


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