Yaroshenko and Bailly dominate biathlon in Hochfilzen
Dmitri Yaroshenko of Russia and France's Sandrine Bailly dominated the sprint events at the biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen Friday.
7 December 2007
Hochfilzen, Austria (dpa) - Dmitri Yaroshenko of Russia and France's Sandrine Bailly dominated the sprint events at the biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen Friday.
Yaroshenko missed one target on his way to victory in the men's 10-kilometre sprint with a time of 23 minutes 57.8 seconds while Bailly was perfect in the shooting range as she took the women's 7.5km race.
Ole-Einar Bjoerndalen, who won last weekend's sprint in Finnish Kontiolahti, finished 37.7 seconds adrift of Yaroshenko after missing two targets in the prone position and skiing two penalty loops.
Andrei Makoveev also missed two targets to come in 51.0 seconds behind compatriot Yaroshenko as Russians occupied two of the top three places.
The result sees Bjoerndalen return to the top of the overall World Cup standings with 144 points, followed by Yaroshenko and Russia's Ivan Tcherezov on 139.
Bjoerndalen and Yaroshenko are tied at the top of the sprint standings with 96 points apiece after two events.
Bailly took the women's race in a time of 21:53.0 minutes to register her first win of the season and 17th career victory.
Ekaterina Iourieva of Russia was second, 18.8 seconds adrift after also hitting all her targets with Germany's Kati Wilhelm third and Tora Berger of Norway fourth.
Martina Glagow of Germany, who finished 17th on the day, heads the overall standings with 157 points, followed by Bailly on 148.
Wilhelm leads the sprint standings with 89 points after two events, followed by Berger on 83 and Bailly on 76 points.
The biathlon World Cup continues in Hochfilzen Saturday with the men's 12.5km and women's 10km pursuit races.