Fourcade wins 12.5K pursuit at biathlon World Cup

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) Martin Fourcade won the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit to stretch his comfortable lead in the biathlon World Cup standings with his eighth victory of the season on Saturday.

The five-time defending champion missed just one target and finished the course in 36 minutes, 45.7 seconds, beating Arnd Peiffer by 1:09.9. The German missed three targets.

Dominik Windisch of Italy was third, 1:32.4 back with five missed targets, ahead of Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen and Germany's Erik Lesser, both also penalized three times.

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Fourcade leads with 562 points, ahead of Anton Shipulin on 352. The Russian finished 16th in Oberhof with five missed targets.

The 15K mass start race is scheduled for Sunday.