Fak, Solemdal win biathlon WCup pursuit events

Updated: December 8, 2012, 11:47 AM ET
Associated Press

HOCHFILZEN, Austria -- Jakov Fak of Slovenia won a World Cup 12.5-kilometer pursuit Saturday for his first career victory.

Fak missed two targets before edging out Dmitry Malyshko of Russia by 0.9 of a second. Defending overall champion Martin Fourcade of France missed three times and finished third.

Fourcade retains the lead of both the pursuit and overall standings.

In the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, Synnoeve Solemdal led Tora Berger for a Norwegian 1-2 finish. Solemdal earned her first win in an individual World Cup event.

She missed one target and finished 30.4 seconds ahead of Berger, who had two penalties. Kaisa Makarainen of Finland was third.

Berger leads the discipline and overall standings ahead of Darya Domracheva of Belarus, who was fifth in the pursuit.

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