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Thursday, February 18, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Svendsen wins men's individual Olympic gold in Biathlon

[via NBC Olympics] WHISTLER (Reuters) -- Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen added a gold medal to the silver he won earlier at the Vancouver Games by winning the 20km individual biathlon under sunny skies at Whistler Olympic Park on Thursday.

Svendsen's more experienced team mate, 36-year-old Ole Einar Bjørndalen, bidding for his sixth Olympic gold, tied for second place with Sergey Novikov of Belarus.

The 24-year-old Svendsen, who took silver in the sprint, covered the course on a near-cloudless day on Whistler Mountain in 48.22.5, 9.5 seconds quicker than Bjoerndalen and Novikov.

Svendsen said the victory helped him erase memories of the pursuit, in which he finished a disappointing eighth. He tipped his hat to Bjoerndalen who took home his 10th Olympic medal.

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