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Gwizdon wins first-career World Cup race

Gwizdon wins first-career World Cup race

Magdalena Gwizdon of Poland combined perfect shooting with strong cross-country skiing Friday to win her first World Cup biathlon race.
Gwizdon finished the 7.5-kilometer sprint event in 24 minutes, 5.0 seconds. Kati Wilhelm was second, 21.4 seconds behind with one miss. Another German, Martina Glagow, placed third, 35.2 seconds back after also missing one target.
Tatiana Moiseeva of Russia, who shot perfectly, missed her first ever podium by 0.10 to finish fourth.
Gwizdon's previous best was a second in Turin in the 2004-05 season. She also had a third that season at Holmenkollen outside Oslo.
"Everything worked perfect today," Gwizdon said. "I've had problems with my shooting before but not today _ it was perfect."
Glagow's strong finishing kick ensured her 28th career podium finish.
"It was a very good race for me," Glagow said. "Two days ago, I had the worst race in my career when I was 63rd (in the 15K), so I'm very happy.
"The track conditions were difficult today. I hope they're better for the pursuit."
Anna Carin Olofsson of Sweden missed three times at the last shooting station to ruin her chances of a top-three finish. She took 11th place, 1:03.8 behind.
On Saturday, the men compete in the sprint. Men's and women's pursuit races conclude Sunday.