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Shashurin Wins Biathlon Sprint Title

March 17, 2000

KHANTY-MANSIYSK, Russia (AP) _ Belarus’ Vadim Shashurin won the men’s 10-kilometer sprint Friday for his first biathlon World Cup title since 1997.

Shashurin didn’t miss any targets and was timed in 26 minutes, 28.8 seconds. He finished 7.1 seconds ahead of Devis Da Canal of Italy, the 1997 junior champion, who also shot clean and had the first podium finish of his career.

Defending overall champion Sven Fisher of Germany finished third, 9.5 seconds behind the winner.

Overall standings leader Raphael Poiree of France missed two targets and was fifth, 25.1 seconds back. Two penalty loops denied him the season’s World Cup sprint title, won by Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway.

The race for the overall title is still undecided. Poiree has 437 points and Bjorndalen 417. Bjorndalen finished 12th Friday. Fischer is third with 406 points and two races left.

The pursuit final will be Saturday, and a mass-start race will close the season Sunday.

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