His victory in the 15 km mass start at Holmenkollen overlooking the Oslo fjord was his third straight World Cup win, and followed a success on Saturday which had clinched for him a fourth overall biathlon title, ahead of France's Raphael Poiree.

BIATHLON 2005-2006 Holmenkollen Norway Pursuit Men Björndalen Bjoerndalen

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Despite two errors on the shooting range, Bjoerndalen's strong skiing kept him ahead of the field in the last race of the season, and victory never seemed in doubt.
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Bjoerndalen finished in 39 minutes 01.76 seconds, 12.1 seconds faster than the Czech Roman Dostal and 14.1 seconds ahead of Russia's Sergei Rozhkov.

ALPINE SKIING - Ingemar Stenmark

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That pushed Bjoerndalen one above Moser-Proell's career tally of 62 World Cup victories. Moser-Proell dominated Alpine skiing in the 1970s.

ALPINE SKIING - Annemarie Moser-Proell

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Bjoerndalen, 32, who plans to ski until after the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, has far to go to match Stenmark's 86 World Cup victories in slalom skiing in the 1970s and 1980s.
In the all-time standings, however, Bjoerndalen is ahead of other big names such as Austrian Alpine skiers Vreni Schneider with 56 wins and Hermann Maier with 53.
Bjoerndalen won four gold medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics but only took two silvers and a bronze at Turin this year after illness hampered his preparations.

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