Germany's Henkel wins women's 15K, opening biathlon event

Monday, February 11, 2002

MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Andrea Henkel of Germany won the gold medal in the women's 15-kilometer event Monday, the opening biathlon competition at the Olympics.

Henkel covered the distance in 47 minutes, 29.1 seconds, after one penalty minute for one missed target.

Liv Grete Poiree of Norway took the silver in 47:37.0 after also missing one target.

Magdalena Forsberg of Sweden won the bronze in 48:08.3, her first Olympic medal in a distinguished career. Forsberg, the pre-race favorite, had two misses and two penalty minutes added to her time.

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