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02 December 2016, 09:43

First World Cup podium for Belarus' Chepelin

Vladimir Chepelin
Vladimir Chepelin

MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) – Vladimir Chepelin of Belarus claimed his first ever World Cup medal, finishing third in the Men's 20K Individual at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon 1 in Ostersund, Sweden on 1 December.

The men faced the same gusty winds during the race as the women did two days ago. The bad weather, however, did not prevent the favorites from showing their best. France's Martin Fourcade dominated the Men's 20K Individual race, winning in 51:33.8, despite two penalties. Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe matched Fourcade at the shooting range, but finished second, 29.5 seconds back.

Third-place Vladimir Chepelin crossed the finish line 1:24.3 back, with one penalty.

As BelTA earlier reported, Darya Yurkevich brought the Women's 15K Individual bronze to Belarus two days ago.

The BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon 1 in Sweden will continue with sprints on 3 December.

Photo by Denis Kostyuchenko

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