Bjoerndalen takes biathlon gold

The Sports NetworkFebruary 8, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia ( - Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen tied the record for most Winter Olympics medals on Saturday, winning biathlon gold in the men's sprint at the Sochi Games.

Bjoerndalen picked up his 12th medal, and seventh gold, to tie countryman Bjorn Daehlie for the Winter Olympic record. Daehlie won 12 medals (eight gold) in cross-country skiing for Norway from 1992-98.

The 40-year-old Bjoerndalen finished the 10-kilometer sprint with a time of 24 minutes, 33.5 seconds. Austria's Dominik Landertinger finished 1.3 seconds behind Bjoerndalen for silver and Jaroslav Soukup of the Czech Republic was third.

Landertinger earned his second Olympic medal. He helped Austrian win silver in the relay at the 2010 Vancouver Games, finishing second to Bjoerndalen and Norway.

Canada's Jean-Philippe Le Guellec finished fifth on Saturday with a time of 24:43.2, four seconds behind Soukup. Nathan Smith placed 13th for the Canadians.

Tim Burke had the best showing by an American, finishing 19th.

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