Lowell Bailey wins 1st US gold medal at biathlon worlds

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) Lowell Bailey upset the pre-race favorites in the men's individual competition Thursday to become the first American biathlete to win gold at the world championships.

Bailey hit all 20 targets and finished the 20-kilometer race in 48 minutes, 7.4 seconds to edge Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic, who also shot cleanly, by 3.3 seconds.

Three-time world champion Martin Fourcade of France missed two targets and finished 21.2 behind to take the bronze medal.

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Bailey's gold is the fourth medal at the worlds for an American biathlete, and the first since Tim Burke won silver in the same discipline four years ago.