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Deryzemlija Wins Men’s 20K Event

March 9, 2002

KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (AP) _ Andriy Deryzemlija of Ukraine won the men’s 20-kilometer event and Radka Popova of Bulgaria won the women’s 15-kilomneter race Saturday at the European Biathlon Championships.

Deryzemlija was the best shooter among the 53 competitors. He shot clean at the first three stations and beat former world champion Tomas Sikora of Poland by 1 minute, 24.6 seconds despite missing twice on the last standing station.

Popova was the only woman to miss only once, on the first standing station. She also won the silver medals in the sprint and pursuit events. Popova beat Irina Malguina of Russia, who won the sprint and pursuit titles, by 1:35.4.

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