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Shipulin wins biathlon World Cup sprint in Slovenia for 1st victory of season

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POKLJUKA, Slovenia — Anton Shipulin of Russia shot clean to win a men's 10-kilometer sprint on Friday for his first biathlon World Cup victory of the season.

PHOTO: Russia's Anton Shipulin, center, celebrates his victory with second placed Austrian Dominik Landertinger, left and third placed Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen after the men's 10 km sprint competition at the Biathlon World Cup event, in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Russia's Anton Shipulin, center, celebrates his victory with second placed Austrian Dominik Landertinger, left and third placed Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen after the men's 10 km sprint competition at the Biathlon World Cup event, in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Shipulin finished in 23 minutes, 18.6 seconds to beat Dominik Landertinger of Austria by 11.9 seconds. Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen was 29.9 back in third place. Landertinger and Svendsen also shot clean.

Shipulin said "I waited a long time for this win ... this is a very important step for me."

Svendsen pulled within eight points of overall World Cup leader Martin Fourcade of France, who was fourth after missing one target.

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