Biathlon: Bjørndalen wins overall title


Bjørndalen in action. Photo:

Bjørndalen in action. Photo:

Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen claimed his sixth overall World Cup title after finishing second in the Biathlon sprint race at Khanty Mansiysk in Russia Thursday (March 26), behind Germany’s Arnd Peiffer.

The 35-year-old Norwegian, who only missed his ninth shot, also captured the crystal globe for the sprint discipline title after finishing 23.1 seconds behind the winner,  German Arnd Peiffer who claimed his first WC victory.

Austria’s Christoph Sumann came third, with Bjørndalen’s compatriot Emil Hegle Svendsen taking fourth.

Bjørndalen now leads Tomas Sikora of Poland, who was 18th, by an unattainable 124 points in the overall standings with just two races remaining.

Bjørndalen has seven wins this season, taking his tally to a record 89, and also won four gold medals at the World Championships last month. He previously won the World Cup overall title in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Source: Norway Post.

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