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    Saturday, December 6, 1997

    Luck, Koukleva win biathlon event

     LILLEHAMMER, Norway (CP) -- Olympic silver medallist Frank Luck of Germany and Galina Koukleva of Russia won the season-opening World Cup biathlon races Saturday while the Canadian team struggled.
     In the women's 7.5-kilometre competition, Koukleva was first in 24 minutes, 28.5 seconds, shooting eight for 10.
     Double Olympic champion Myriam Bedard of Loretteville, Que., was the top Canadian, placing 52nd. Nikki Keddie of Toronto was 76th, Michelle Collard of Vanderhoof, B.C., was 79th and Kristin Berg of Edmonton was 93rd.
     All four will be on Canada's women's Olympic biathlon team after qualifying last weekend at team trials.
     Bedard, 28, has recovered from the hypothyroidism which afflicted her last season. She took three months off this summer, the most time she's ever taken off from training.
     In the men's 10-kilometre competition, Luck grabbed the gold in 25:22.1.
     Steve Cyr of Val Belair, Que., ninth at the world championships last year, was 54th, Jean Paquet of Loretteville, Que., was 62nd, Eric Jensen of Regina was 83rd and Ian Robertson of Edmonton was 105th.
     Cyr and Bedard both qualified to race in the pursuit events today.


     LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) -- Top finishers Saturday of a World Cup biathlon competition (shooting penalties in parentheses):
     10km sprint
     1. Frank Luck, Germany, 25 minutes, 22.1 seconds (0).
     2. Dag Bjorndalen, Norway, 25:36.4 (0).
     3. Raphael Poiree, France, 25:42.8 (0)
     4. Sylfest Glimsdal, Norway, 25:48.1 (1)
     5. Serguei Tarasov, Russia, 25:51.2 (1)
     6. Olegs Maluhins, Latvia, 25:55.8 (1)
     7. Frode Andresen, Norway, 25:59.2 (2)
     8. Serguei Rojkov, Russia, 26:05.1 (1)
     9. Vladimir Dratchev, Russia, 26:06.2 (1)
     10. Alexei Aidarov, Belorus, 26:07.5 (1)
     7.5km sprint
     1. Galina Koukleva, Russia, 24 minutes, 28.5 seconds (2).
     2. Olga Melnik, Russia, 24:58.0 (0)
     3. Magdalena Forsberg, Sweden, 24:59.6 (1)
     4. Anna Volkova, Russia, 25:03.4 (2)
     5. Petra Behle, Germany, 25:05.7 (1)
     6. Uschi Disl, Germany, 25:14.1 (2)
     7. Nathalie Santer, Italy, 25:25.5 (1)
     8. Anne Briand, France, 25:30.2 (1)
     9. Eva Hakova, Czeck Republic, 25:43.4 (1)
     10. Corinna Niogret, France, 26:02.8 (1)