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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, January 10, 2010

Biathlon: Burke retakes overall lead in World Cup

Associated Press

OBERHOF, Germany American Tim Burke has retaken the lead in the biathlon World Cup by finishing second to five-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway in a men's mass start race.

Burke finished 1 minute, 2.9 seconds behind the Norwegian, who covered the 15 kilometers in 38:57.3 after one shooting error. Burke missed two targets. Tomasz Sikora of Poland was 1:40.6 back with three misses.

Burke leads the standings with 329 points, three more than Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia, who finished fourth.

Andrea Henkel of Germany, Burke's girlfriend, won the women's mass start race. She had two misses in her 17th career victory, covering 12.5 kilometers in 40:53.6.

World Cup leader Helena Jonsson of Sweden was second, 23.4 seconds behind with one miss.