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Boe, Makarainen win mass start races at biathlon World Cup

From left: Germany's second placed Laura Dahlmeier, Finland's winner Kaisa Makarainen and Czech Republic's third placed Veronika Vitkova celebrate after the women's 12.5km mass start race at the Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

From left: Germany's second placed Laura Dahlmeier, Finland's winner Kaisa Makarainen and Czech Republic's third placed Veronika Vitkova celebrate after the women's 12.5km mass start race at the Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

RUHPOLDING, Germany — Johannes Thingnes Boe ended Martin Fourcade's biathlon World Cup-winning streak and Kaisa Makarainen claimed her first win of the season in mass start races on Sunday.

Fourcade, who won the men's previous four events, was leading going into the third shoot but missed two targets while Boe quickly hit all five. The Norwegian seized the lead as Fourcade completed two penalty loops and he kept it to complete the 15-kilometre course in 37 minutes, 11.2 seconds. Boe only missed one target in the final shoot.

Fourcade recovered to finish just 4.5 seconds behind Boe, while French teammates Antonin Guigonnat and Quentin Fillon Maillet were 8.4 and 12.6 back in third and fourth, respectively.

Boe's older brother Tarjei was 14.2 back in fifth, ahead of Germany's Simon Schempp. Fourcade, the six-time defending champion, leads after 12 of 22 World Cup events on 666 points, ahead of the younger Boe on 622.

Makarainen edged home favourite Laura Dahlmeier by 0.8 seconds to win the women's 12-5-kilometre race in 34:05.6, with Czech Veronika Vitkova 4.6 behind in third. Canada's Rosanna Crawford, who claimed her first podium place on Thursday, was leading going into the final shoot but was unable to hold off her rivals' late surge.

Crawford, from Canmore, Alta., finished 5.2 seconds behind Makarainen in fourth. She was the only competitor to shoot cleanly as the top three each missed two targets.

Makarainen seized the overall World Cup lead from Anastasiya Kuzmina. The Finn has 489 points while Kuzmina — who missed six targets and finished 23rd in Ruhpolding — has 470 with 10 events remaining.

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