Bjørndalen leads Norway sweep at biathlon world championships

 

Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Photo: Wikipedia.

Norway's biathlon legend Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Photo: Wikipedia.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Feb. 14): Ole Einar Bjørndalen led a Norwegian sweep in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint on the opening day of the biathlon world championships, while Germany’s Kati Wilhelm won the women’s race.

Bjørndalen missed two targets but still won his 11th world title by finishing in 24 minutes, 16.5 seconds to edge compatriot Lars Berger by just 1.2 seconds. Halvard Hanevold, another Norwegian, was 12.5 seconds back in third. Norway newcomer Alexander Os placed fourth.

“The goal for us was to have one medal,” Bjørndalen said. “It’s really cool. But I’m much more happy about winning today because it’s more important for me to win with this team. It was a really good feeling.

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