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    Wednesday, February 18, 1998

    Norwegians triumph in men's 10K

     NOZAWA ONSEN, Japan (AP) -- Not even a snowstorm could keep Ole Einar Bjorndalen from becoming an Olympic champion.
     The Norwegian star picked up where he left off 24 hours before, winning the men's 10-kilometer biathlon with flawless shooting and superb skiing in a race that was restarted after a snow postponement the previous day.
     The silver went to teammate Frode Andresen, while a third Scandinavian, Ville Raikkonen of Finland took the bronze Wednesday (Tuesday night EST).
     Taking extra care with each of his shots, the 24-year-old Bjorndalen hit all 10 targets and, with technically excellent skiing, finished in 27 minutes, 16.2 seconds.
     Andresen was timed at 28:17.8, having to overcome two penalty shots, while Raikkonen missed one target and crossed the finish line in 28:21.7.
     The race was held under cloudy skies but with no snow and a very light wind, a sharp contrast to the roiling fog and heavy snow that forced officials to stop the 10K Tuesday after 16 competitors had finished. The entire race was rescheduled, a move not made in an Olympic biathlon in 26 years.
     Bjorndalen was leading the field when the race was halted.
     It was Norway's second gold medal in biathlon, double the number for traditional biathlon powers Germany and Russia.
     Dan Westover of Colchester, Vt., finished 49th in a field of 71, while Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof, Alaska, was 60th. Westover missed only once for a finish time of 30:39.5, while Hakkinen failed to hit three targets and was clocked at 31:31.6.
     Eight of the competitors shot perfect scores, including Russian's Victor Maigourov, ranked No. 3 in World Cup standings after Bjorndalen. The world's No. 1, Ricco Gross of Germany, has not fared well at these games, finishing 17th in the sprint and sixth in the earlier 20K.

    Results


     NOZAWA ONSEN, JAPAN (AP) -- Final results Wednesday from the men's 10km biathlon medal event at the Winter Olympics (penalties in parentheses):
     1, Ole Bjoerndalen, Norway, 27:16.2 (0).
     2, Frode Andresen, Norway, 28:17.8 (2).
     3, Ville Raikkonen, Finland, 28:21.7 (1).
     4, Viktor Maigurrov, Russia, 28:36.0 (0).
     5, Jekabs Nakums, Latvia, 28:36.9 (1).
     6, Olegs Maluhins, Latvia, 28:37.4 (1).
     7, Frank Luck, Germany, 28:40.3 (1).
     8, Halvard Hanevold, Norway, 28:40.8 (2).
     9, Paavo Puurunen, Finland, 28:44.0 (0).
     10, Pier Carrara, Italy, 28:44.2 (2).
     11, Ludwig Gredler, Austria, 28:44.3 (2).
     12, Vladimir Dratschev, Russia, 28:46.4 (1).
     13, Egil Gjelland, Norway, 28:49.1 (1).
     14, Wilfried Pallhuber, Italy, 28:50.1 (1).
     15, Ivan Masarik, Czech Republic, 28:58.6 (2).
     16, Joze Poklukar, Slovenia, 29:00.5 (1).
     17, Ricco Gross, Germany, 29:13.9 (1).
     18, Dimitri Borovik, Estonia, 29:19.4 (1).
     18, Kyoji Suga, Japan, 29:19.4 (2).
     20, Harri Eloranta, Finland, 29:21.8 (2).
     21, Fredrik Kuoppa, Sweden, 29:22.0 (2).
     22, Sergei Tarassov, Russia, 29:23.2 (3).
     23, Wojciech Kozub, Poland, 29:28.5 (3).
     24, Dmitriy Pozdnyakov, Kazakstan, 29:30.1 (0).
     25, Mikael Loefgren, Sweden, 29:31.6 (1).
     26, Wieslaw Ziemianin, Poland, 29:34.4 (1).
     27, Oleg Ryzhenkov, Belarus, 29:38.2 (2).
     28, Tomasz Sikora, Poland, 29:40.8 (1).
     29, Sven Fischer, Germany, 29:47.1 (2).
     30, Ruslan Lyssenko, Ukraine, 29:49.6 (0).
     31, Valeriy Ivanov, Kazakstan, 29:58.8 (5).
     32, Ilmars Bricis, Latvia, 30:01.7 (4).
     33, Tomaz Globocnik, Slovenia, 30:04.4 (3).
     34, Carsten Heymann, Germany, 30:09.6 (2).
     35, Hubert Leitgeb, Italy, 30:10.0 (1).
     36, Indrek Tobreluts, Estonia, 30:11.3 (3).
     37, Aleksei Aidarov, Belarus, 30:12.3 (2).
     38, Wolfgang Perner, Austria, 30:13.5 (4).
     39, Wolfgang Rottmann, Austria, 30:16.0 (2).
     40, Aleksander Grajf, Slovenia, 30:24.2 (3).
     41, Lubomir Machyniak, Slovakia, 30:30.3 (1).
     42, Tomaz Zemva, Slovenia, 30:32.1 (1).
     43, Shuichi Sekiya, Japan, 30:33.4 (3).
     43, Janno Prants, Estonia, 30:33.4 (3).
     45, Andrei Deryzemlya, Ukraine, 30:33.6 (3).
     46, Vadim Sashurin, Belarus, 30:34.0 (1).
     47, Michael Dixon, Britain, 30:34.4 (0).
     48, Steve Cyr, Canada, 30:35.0 (3).
     49, Dan Westover, Jericho, Vt., 30:39.5 (1).
     50, Thierry Dusserre, France, 30:43.6 (1).
     51, Zdenek Vitek, Czech Republic, 30:46.5 (2).
     52, Rene Cattarinussi, Italy, 30:50.0 (4).
     53, Petr Garabik, Czech Republic, 30:51.3 (3).
     54, Dimitriy Pantov, Kazakstan, 30:51.8 (3).
     55, Aleksandr Popov, Belarus, 30:53.0 (2).
     56, Alexei Kobelev, Russia, 31:02.8 (4).
     57, Gueorgui Kasabov, Bulgaria, 31:09.5 (0).
     58, Athanassios Tsakiris, Greece, 31:14.6 (2).
     59, Liutauras Barila, Lithuania, 31:23.7 (5).
     60, Jay Hakkinen, Kasilof, Alaska, 31:31.6 (3).
     61, Atsushi Kazama, Japan, 31:41.2 (6).
     62, Reinhard Neuner, Austria, 31:45.3 (4).
     63, Janos Panyik, Hungary, 31:50.0 (1).
     64, Marius Ene, Romania, 31:54.8 (2).
     65, Aleksandr Tropnikov, Kyrgyzstan, 31:55.8 (4).
     66, Kevin Quintilio, Canada, 32:32.6 (3).
     67, Julien Robert, France, 32:52.4 (0).
     68, Mark Gee, Britain, 33:00.3 (5).
     69, Andreas Heymann, France, 33:06.9 (2).
     70, Jeon Jae-won, South Korea, 35:09.5 (6).
     71, Ivan Bucsa, Moldova, 36:33.8 (6).
     NR, Raphael Poiree, France, DNF.
     NR, Jean-Marc Chabloz, Switzerland, DNF.