Bjørndalen becomes triple biathlon world champ

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen became a triple biathlon world champion Tuesday, speeding to victory in the men’s individual race.

Bjørndalen. Photo: NRK.

Bjørndalen and his three gold medals. Photo: NRK.

Bjørndalen missed three targets in the crucial four shooting sessions, but skied fastest to win his third gold medal at the world championships.

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 Bjørndalen’s win means the 35-year-old 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.

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