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Shipulin of Russia wins biathlon mass-start race in Slovenia; Makarainen takes women's event

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POKLJUKA, Slovenia — Anton Shipulin of Russia sprinted away from three rivals to win a 15-kilometer mass-start race for his second biathlon World Cup victory in three days on Sunday, while Kaisa Makarainen of Finland won the women's event.

PHOTO: Russia's Anton Shipulin competes in the the men's 15 km mass start competition at the Biathlon World Cup event, in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. A provisional result sees Shipulin as the winner. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Russia's Anton Shipulin competes in the the men's 15 km mass start competition at the Biathlon World Cup event, in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. A provisional result sees Shipulin as the winner. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Shipulin pulled away from Martin Fourcade of France, Simon Eder of Austria and Fredrik Lindstrom of Sweden to finish in 35 minutes, 16.8 seconds. Fourcade was 1.2 seconds back in second place to reclaim the overall World Cup lead, with Eder another 0.2 seconds back in third.

Shipulin also won Friday's sprint race before coming second in Saturday's pursuit.

Makarainen extended her overall lead after overcoming two early misses to finish in 34:18.8, beating Anais Bescond of France by 7.6 seconds. Nadezhda Skardino was 15.8 back in third.

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