Evgeniy Garanichev (RUS) won the first World Cup race of his career, besting German Arnd Peiffer by a mere .7 second in the men’s 10km sprint in Oslo, Norway.
Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) overcame two misses to take third, 11.8 seconds down. Both Garanichev and Peiffer shot clean.
In the women’s 7.5km event, Magdalena Neuner (GER) won her sixth race of the season over Darya Domracheva (BLR).
Neuner shot clean and posted the fastest ski time of the day, allowing her to cruise to a 38 second victory. Tora Berger (NOR) was third another 10 seconds back. Domracheva and Berger has one penalty apiece.
The UNited States and Canada posted strong results in both races, in what may be one of the best all-around days for NOrth AMerican biathlon.
In the women’s race, Megan Imrie (CAN) led the way in 17th, shooting clean while Sara Studebaker paced the US squad in 23rd with a single penalty.
Zina Kocher, the only other Canadian woman to start, was not far behind her teammate, finishing 25th despite three misses. Her ski time was the 9th best.
Annelise Cook and Susan Dunklee were 33rd and 35th respectively for the US. Cook missed just one shot while Dunklee struggled in standing, with three penalties.
After cleaning prone, Dunklee was in 5th place, but was undone on her second trip to the range. Overall she posted the 14th best ski time of the day.
On the men’s side, Lowell Bailey (USA) continued his breakthrough season, placing 8th with a single penalty, for the second-best result of the season and his career.
Canadian Brendan Green was under four seconds back of the American in 9th, shooting clean.
Tim Burke and Jay Hakkinen rounded out the US team, placing 15th and 24th respectively, while Canadians Jean Phillipe LeGuellec in 20th and and Scott Perras in 27th gave the North American men six skiers in the top-30.