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Fourcade, Eckhoff win sprints in biathlon World Cup

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 10, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.

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KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (AP) — Martin Fourcade and Tiril Eckhoff won the sprint races in the biathlon World Cup on Friday.

With a sixth career overall World Cup title already secured last week, France's Fourcade claimed his 13th win of the season in Friday's sprint, not including relays. That broke a record of 12 set by Norwegian great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen in the 2004-05 season.

Fourcade beat Czech rival Ondrej Moravec by 0.6 seconds, and Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway was 9.4 seconds behind in third.

In the women's sprint, Eckhoff's first World Cup victory in over a year ended a five-race win streak for overall standings leader Laura Dahlmeier of Germany.

Eckhoff won by 18.3 seconds from Dahlmeier. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was a further 2.1 seconds down for third place.

The Kontiolahti round of the World Cup was originally scheduled to be in the Russian city of Tyumen. However, it was moved following allegations of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russian sports, including at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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