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Herrmann and Fourcade Win Sjusjøen Sprints, Scott Gow 29th

The men’s podium in the season opening biathlon sprint in Sjujøen, Norway, on Saturday, where Martin Fourcade of France collected the men’s win. (Photo: Vegard Breie/sesongstartskiskyting.no)

Germany’s Denise Herrmann and France’s Martin Fourcade started the international biathlon season off with wins on Saturday, besting a diverse field in Sjusjøen, Norway.

In the women’s 7.5 k sprint, Herrmann missed a shot in standing, but nevertheless took an 8.7-second victory over Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus. Irina Kryuko, also of Belarus, was third 22.6 seconds behind Herrmann, even though both she and her teammate shot clean. Kryuko narrowly made the podium: France’s Anais Bescond was close behind in fourth (+23.5), Norway’s Hilde Fenne in fifth (+26.4), Ukraine’s Julia Zhuravok in sixth (+26.6), and Belarus’s Darya Domracheva in seventh (+28.7).

In the men’s 10 k sprint, last year’s overall World Cup winner Fourcade took a convincing 13.2-second win over Erlend Bjøntegaard of Norway, with both men shooting clean.

It’s good for the confidence to have this result,” Fourcade told Norway’s NRK broadcaster. “I will try to get the same [results] this season as last year, although it may be difficult.”

Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bø rallied for third place and despite two penalties, was just 27.6 seconds behind Fourcade. Italy’s Lukas Hofer took fourth (+30.4) and Norway’s Tarjei Bø fifth (+44.8).

Three Canadian men competed, with Scott Gow leading the way in 29th (+1:53.8) with one penalty. Brendan Green finished 45th (+2:17.3) and Christian Gow 47th (+2:21.9), with two and one penalties, respectively.

Results: menwomen

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