Fourcade, Makarainen win World Cup biathlons in Norway
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Martin Fourcade of France won the 20-kilometer individual race in the biathlon World Cup, and Kaisa Makarainen of Finland the women’s 15-kilometer event on Thursday.
Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia was 14.2 seconds behind Fourcade in second, and Sergey Semenov of Ukraine finished third 48.8 seconds back, as fog gave way to a clear afternoon at Holmenkollen.
Fourcade was not in the lead until the second prone stage.
“It was not easy to start with the pressure of starting with bib No. 1. My mind was in a training mode,” he said. “It was a battle against myself all day ... but I enjoyed the competition.”
Garanichev, on the podium for the fifth time at Holmenkollen, said, “I like the atmosphere here. It is a good place for me.”
Makarainen led the women’s individual race all the way and shot clean. She was unchallenged.
Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, more than 78 seconds behind with one penalty. Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic shot clean and was third.