February 07, 2015

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (AP) Jakov Fak of Slovenia shot flawlessly to win a men's 10-kilometer sprint Saturday for his first win of the season while Laura Dahlmeier won the women's 7.5K race for her first career biathlon World Cup victory.

Fak raced perfectly to cover the distance in 24 minutes, 9.9 seconds for his fifth career win, 12.8 seconds ahead of Simon Schempp of Germany.

''I'm really happy,'' Fak said. ''The first win this season, so a very big stone fell down from my heart now.''

Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France finished third and his teammate, overall World Cup leader Martin Fourcade, missed one target to place fourth.

Fourcade retained the lead in the standings with 615 points, while Schempp is second with 603.

Earlier, Dahlmeier shot cleanly to cover the distance in 21:33.4 seconds and beat teammate Franziska Hildebrand by 1 second.

''It's amazing for me. It's fun to race here,'' Dahlmeier said.

Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic overcame a penalty lap to claim third place, 13.9 back, while Darya Domracheva of Belarus was fourth after missing twice.

Overall World Cup leader Kaisa Makarainen of Finland missed three targets to finish seventh.

Makarainen leads the standings with 696 points while Domracheva is second, 33 points behind.

The men's and women's pursuit events are scheduled for Sunday.

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