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    Thursday, January 15, 1998

    Russia's Romasko and Norway's Hanevold win World Cup

     ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) -- World Cup veteran Olga Romasko of Russia and Norway's Halvard Hanevold cliched their first victories of the season today in World Cup biathlon races.
     Romasko, winner of last season's World Cup title in the 7.5-kilometre distance, missed only two targets in the shooting range to complete the race in 45 minutes 52.3 seconds.
     She finished over a minute ahead of runner-up Liv Grete Skjelbreid of Norway.
     Magdalena Forsberg of Sweden took third and pulled further ahead in the World Cup standings. She has 228 points compared to 181 for Galina Koukleva of Russia.
     Toronto's Nikki Keddie was 61st in 52:21.5. Michelle Collard, of Vanderhoof, B.C., was 71st. Edmonton's Kristin Inger-Berg placed 80th.
     The men's overall World Cup leader Ricco Gross of Germany placed second in the 20-kilometre distance, 21.3 seconds behind Hanevold's winning time of 55:00.6.
     Gross leads the World Cup standings with 145 points over Frenchman Raphael Poiree's 142.
     Third went to Alexi Aidarov of Belarus.
     Kevin Quintilio of Hinton, Alta., placed 93rd in 1:04.10.4. Steve Cyr of Val-Belair, Que., was 97th. Tony Fiala of Quesnel, B.C. was 106th.