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    Saturday, January 17, 1998

    Bjoerndalen wins fourth straight

     ANTHOLZ, Italy (CP) -- Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won a fourth straight World Cup gold medal for the Norwegian men's biathlon team today by placing first in the 10-kilometre sprint.
     Bjoerndalen was first in 29 minutes 8.6 seconds, teammate Frode Andresen followed for the silver in 29:19.0 and Russia's Viktor Maigourov was third in 29:19.5.
     Overall World Cup leader Ricco Gross of Germany, sixth on Saturday.
     Kevin Quintilio of Hinton, Alta., posted his best result this season placing 50th, Steve Cyr of Val Belair, Que., was 74th, Eric Jensen of Regina 86th and Tony Fiala of Quesnel, B.C., 105th.
     "It's been a very long season for me," said Quintilio. "I was disappointed in my shooting because I missed both my shots in the final round.
     The big difference today was the ski shape. It's really coming along. I still have three weeks to get ready for the Games and I feel it's getting better and better."
     Quintilio, Cyr and Fiala were named to the Olympic team on Thursday.
     In the women's 7.5-kilometre, Nina Lemesh of the Ukraine stunned the field with a gold medal performance in 24:56.7. Her previous best this season was 19th.
     Svetalana Ichmouratova of Russia was second at 25:03.8 and World Cup leader Magdalena Forsberg of Sweden was third in 25:01.1.
     Kristin Berg of Edmonton was 79th, Nikki Keddie of Toronto 83rd and Michelle Collard of Vanderhoof, B.C., 93rd.
     Double Olympic champion Myriam Bedard of Loretteville, Que., missed her third straight race because of the flu.
     

    RESULTS

     World Cup Biathlon Results
     ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) -- Results Saturday of men's and women's World Cup biathlon meet (missed targets in parentheses):
     Men
     10km
     1. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway, 29 minutes, 06.8 seconds (1).
     2. Frode Andresen, Norway, 29:19.0 (2).
     3. Viktor Maigourov, Russia, 29:19.5 (1).
     4. Alexei Aidarov, Belarus, 29:31.7 (0).
     5. Frank Luck, Germany, 29:36.3 (0).
     6. Ricco Gross, Germany, 29:40.9 (1).
     7. Vadim Sashurin, Belarus, 29:41.8 (0).
     8. Peter Sendel, Germany, 29:54.0 (1).
     9. Halvard Hanevold, Norway, 30:01.2 (2).
     10. Vladimir Dratchev, Russia, 30:07.8 (1).
     Also
     24. Jay Hakkinen, Kasilof, Alaska, 30:55.0 (1).
     50. Kevin Quintilio, Canada, 31:40.1 (2).
     74. Steve Cyr, Canada, 32:24.5 (3).
     85. Rob Rosser, Jericho, Vt., 32:55.4 (2).
     86. Eric Jensen, Canada, 32:56.1 (3).
     99. Dan Westover, Colchester, Vt., 33:32.7 (5).
     105. Tony Fiala, Canada, 33:55.7 (2).
     115. Andy Erickson, Minnetonka, Minn., 35:55.8 (8).
     World Cup Standings
     1. Gross, 165 points.
     2. Maigourov, 160.
     3. Luck, 146.
     4. Andresen, 145.
     5. Raphael Poiree, France, 142.
     6. Bjoerndalen, 141.
     (tie) Sven Fischer, Germany, 141.
     8. Pavel Mouslimov, Russia, 131.
     9. Alexei Kobelev, Russia, 113.
     10. Dag Bjoerndalen, Norway, 108. Aso
     85. Hakkinen, 2.
     ------
     Women
     7.5Km
     1. Nina Lemesh, Ukraine, 24 minutes, 56.7 seconds (0).
     2. Svetlana Ichmouratova, Russia, 25:03.8 (1).
     3. Magdalena Forsberg, Sweden, 25:05.1 (1).
     4. Olga Romasko, Russia, 25:09.5 (1).
     5. Shumei Yu, China, 25:23.4 (0).
     6. Pavlina Filipova, Bulgaria, 25:24.6 (0).
     7. Gunn Margit Andreassen, Norway, 25:27.2 (0).
     8. Anne Briand, France, 25:34.4 (1).
     9. Ann Elen Skjelbreid, Norway, 25:39.3 (2).
     10. Galina Koukleva, Russia, 25:46.4 (3). Also
     35. Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley, Idaho, 26:57.0 (1).
     64. Kristina Viljanen-Sebasteanski, Milford, N.H., 27:47.5 (2).
     78. Stacey Wooley, Lebanon, N.H., 28:49.6 (2).
     79. Inger-Kristin Berg, Canada, 28:50.9 (4).
     80. Debbie Nordyke, Bend, Ore., 28:53.9 (4).
     83. Nikki Keddie, Canada, 29:05.1 (4).
     93. Michelle Collard, Canada, 29:44.5 (4). World Cup Standings
     1. Forsberg, 252 points.
     2. Koukleva, 197.
     3. Uschi Disl, Germany, 169.
     4. Corinne Niogret, France, 147.
     5. Andreja Grasic, Slovenia, 140.
     6. Martina Zellner, Germany, 133.
     7. Albine Achatova, Russia, 132.
     8. Anna Volkova, Russia, 121.
     9. Petra Behle, Germany, 112.
     10. Ichmouratova, 109.
     Also
     49. Myriam Bedard, Canada, 11.
     52. Skinner, 10.
     58. Wooley, 8.
     84. Joan Miller Smith, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 1.