Eder, Kuzmina win biathlon World Cup races
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Slovakia’s Anastasya Kuzmina won the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit race Saturday at the final biathlon World Cup meet of the season, while Norway’s Tora Berger put herself in position to finish her career with the overall title.
Kuzmina won in 30 minutes, 29.1 seconds despite missing two shots, with Berger finishing 41.8 seconds behind in second after four penalties. Olga Vilukhina from Russia was third, with Kaisa Makarainen of Finland coming fourth.
That means Berger now has a five-point edge over Makarainen overall ahead of Sunday’s concluding mass-start event — the final race of Berger’s career as the 33-year-old Norwegian is retiring after this season.
In the men’s 12.5K race, Simon Eder of Austria shot clean to win in 32:23.4 seconds, beating Russia’s Aleksander Loginov by 12.7 seconds. Bjoern Ferry of Sweden was 20.7 seconds behind in third. Loginov and Ferry had one penalty each.
Frenchman Martin Fourcade, who was fifth, has already clinched the overall World Cup title.