Boe, Semerenko win biathlon World Cup pursuits
Dec. 15, 2013
ANNECY, France (AP) — Junior world champion Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway won the men's pursuit at a biathlon World Cup event Sunday, while Valj Semerenko of Ukraine captured the women's pursuit.
Boe missed only one target to dominate the 12.5-kilometer race in 31 minutes, 43.7 seconds, beating Erik Lesser of Germany, who shot cleanly, by 37.5 seconds.
Anton Shipulin of Russia finished third, 39.1 seconds off the pace, Carl Johan Bergman of Sweden took fourth, and Benjamin Weger of Switzerland placed fifth.
Boe won Saturday's 10-kilometer sprint to start with a comfortable lead of 32.9 seconds Sunday. Boe's advantage shrank to 24.2 seconds at the 6.6-kilometer mark, but the Norwegian showed great speed and accuracy to extend his lead to 40.5 seconds after the last shooting round.
Despite a 17th-place finish on Sunday, 2012 world champion Martin Fourcade of France kept the overall lead, 129 points clear of Simon Eder of Austria and 140 points ahead of Boe.
Semerenko completed the women's 10-kilometer race in 28 minutes, 5.4 seconds, beating Irina Starykh of Russia, who shot cleanly, by 4.2 seconds. The Ukrainian missed only once and overtook Starykh on the last climb.
Tiril Eckhoff of Norway finished third, 15.5 seconds off the pace, while Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic took fourth.
Selina Gasparin of Switzerland, who won Saturday's 7.5-kilometer sprint, was sixth behind Laura Dahlmeier of Germany.
Kaisa Makarainen of Finland was in the lead at the halfway stage but dropped to 15th after missing four targets.
Soukalova led Semerenko by 10 seconds at the seven-kilometer mark, but missed her last target to fall out of contention. The Czech still leads in the overall standings, nine points clear of Starykh and 17 points ahead of Gasparin.
The next World Cup event will be held in Oberhof, Germany, on Jan. 1-5.