Svendsen beats Bjoerndalen again, for mass start gold

Other News Materials 17 February 2008 17:26 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Emil Hegle Svendsen beat his mentor Ole Einar Bjoerndalen in a sprint to the finish line of the mass start race to claim his second gold at the biathlon world championships.

Svendsen, 22, denied Bjoerndalen a record-tying 11th worlds gold overall when he won the Norwegian duel, with Russia's Maxim Tchoudov third on the podium of the 15-kilometres race.

While Svendsen won the 20km gold ahead of the 34-year-old Bjoerndalen in a race against the clock, Sunday's duel was a true duel for supremacy and its outcome indicated a possible changing of the guard.

Svendsen caught up with Bjoerndalen at the final shooting portion and then roared past the world's most successful biathlete on the home stretch.

Svendsen clocked 36 minutes 12.6 seconds, with Bjoerndalen 0.4 seconds behind and Tchoudov 24.9 seconds adrift. The two Norwegians had one penalty loop each, while Tchoudov missed three targets in the shooting range.

Svendsen leaves Ostersund with the two golds and a relay silver while Tchoudov completed his medal collection which also includes sprint and relay gold plus pursuit silver.

Bjoerndalen, meanwhile, failed to tie German Frank Luck and Russia's Alexander Tikhonov on 11 golds, but with medals in every race he competed in (pursuit gold, 20km, mass start, relay silver, and sprint bronze) now has an staggering overall tally of 10 gold, nine silver and nine bronze.

The world championships are wrapped up later Sunday with the women's relay.