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Swiss biathlete Gasparin wins World Cup sprint

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HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) -- Selina Gasparin became the first Swiss biathlete to win a World Cup event with her victory in Friday's women's 7.5-kilometer sprint.

Lars Berger of Norway overcame two missed targets to win the men's 10-kilometer sprint for his seventh career victory.

Gasparin overcame a penalty lap after missing one target in the stand shooting to finish in 23 minutes, 16.9 seconds.

''I missed the last shot and I thought, 'Oh no, not again!''' the 29-year-old Gasparin said. ''But I was fast enough on the final lap.''

Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic was 1.2 seconds back in second and Irina Starykh of Russia finished third.

Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic finished 23rd after two misses but remained in the lead of the overall standings.

Berger missed twice in the stand shooting before finishing in 25 minutes, 2.0 seconds.

Overall World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France was 13.6 seconds back in second. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway was third.

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