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    Saturday, December 13, 1997

    Canadians slip in biathlon World Cup

     OSTERSUND, Sweden (CP) -- Alexei Kobelev of Russia and Magdalena Forsberg of Sweden won the sprint events today at a World Cup biathlon competition while the Canadian team slipped after a promising showing two days ago.
     In the women's 7.5 kilometre Forsberg was 10 for 10 shooting and took the gold clocking 21 minutes 35.7. Olena Zubrilova of Russia was second at 25:53.1 and Galina Koukleva of Russia, a two-time World Cup winner this season, was third in 22:04.0.
     Double Olympic champion Myriam Bedard of Loretteville, Que., was 73rd after placing 15th in the 15 kilometre on Thursday. After a brilliant 19 for 20 performance in the shooting range Thursday she missed three of her 10 shots on Saturday.
     "The conditions were extremely fast so everytime you miss a shot it can cost you sometimes up to 20 spots," said Bedard, 28, who was forced to do three penalty loops. "I was actually pleased with my skiing. And I felt very strong at the finish line.
     "I know the result doesn't look good but believe me, there's nothing to be terribly concerned about. I'm actually pleased with my current situation at this point in the season."
     Nikki Keddie of Toronto was 80th, Kristin Berg of Edmonton 96th and Michelle Collard of Vanderhoof, B.C., 97th.
     In the men's 10 kilometre, Kobelev clocked 24 minutes and 14.1 seconds. Raphael Poiree of France was second in 24:28.2 and Carsten Heymann of Germany third in 24:29.5. All three shot a perfect 10 for 10.
     Jean Paquet of Loretteville, Que., posted his best result this season placing 49th. Eric Jensen of Regina was 78th, Steve Cyr of Val Belair, Que., Canada's top male performer so far struggled in the shooting range and was 85th and Erick Gosselin in his first race this season was 120th.
     Competition ends Sunday with the men's and women's relays.
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     World Cup Biathlon Results
     OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) -- Results Saturday from a World Cup biathlon meet:
     Men
     10K
     1. Alexei Kobelev, Russia, 24 minutes, 14.1 seconds (0 misses).
     2. Raphael Poiree, France, 24:28.2 (0).
     3. Carsten Heymann, Germany, 24:29.5 (0).
     4. Viktor Maigourov, Russia, 24:31.4 (0).
     5. Pavel Rostovtsev, Russia, 24:45.3 (1).
     World Cup Standings
     1. Pavel Mouslimov, Russia, 67 points.
     2. Kobelev, 66.
     3. Bjorndalen, Norway, 65.
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     Women
     7.5K
     1. Magdalena Forsberg, Sweden, 21:35.7 (0).
     2. Olena Zubrilova, Ukraine, 21:53.1 (0).
     3. Galina Kuouleva, Russia, 22:04.0 (2).
     4. Anna Volkova, Russia, 22:17.0 (2).
     5. Martina Zellner, Germany, 22:21.6 (0).
     World Cup Standings
     1. Forsberg, 106 poang. 2)
     2. Koukleva, 105.
     3. Andreja Grasic, Slovenia, 77.