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Austrian wins 20-K biathlon event

January 16, 1997

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) _ Austrian Ludwig Gredler, making up for a two-minute penalty with a sensational cross country performance, won the 20-kilometer event of the men’s World Cup biathlon competition Thursday.

Gredler, penalized by two errors in shooting, was the fastest in skiing. His total time including the penalty was 56 minutes, 37.9 seconds.

The fifth career victory vaulted him to sixth place in the overall World Cup standings, 82 points behind German leader Sven Fischer.

Fischer, a distant 26th in Thursday’s race with two penalties and an unimpressive showing in cross country, held command with 219 points.

Ukrainian Tatiana Vodopyanova took the women’s individual 15-kilometer event with a perfect performance both in shooting and skiing.

With no penalties and the fastest in skiing, Vodopyanova completed the event in 48 minutes, 42.2 seconds, beating Norway’s Annette Sikveland by 6.6 seconds.

Germany’s Uschi Disl, paying for two penalties, placed third.

Overall, Germany’s Simone Greiner-Petter-Memm held a six-point lead over Swedish runnerup Magdalena Forsberg.

With six penalties, Greiner finished 32nd in the 15-K.

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