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Another SURPRISE Medal For Belarus In IBU World Cup Biathlon

A day after Darya Yurkevich stunned fans with a 3rd place in 15 km individual race, Vladimir Chepelin won his first-ever World Cup podium in men 20K individual on Thursday.

The Belarusian biathlete finished the race third with 1:24.3 back from the winner Martin Fourcade and only one penalty.

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Chepelin, who was 50th after the first  shooting, moved into third after the final standing stage, and held it although several others challenged.

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Germany’s Florian Graf looked like the man who could keep Chepelin off the podium, with three clean stages but he missed his 20th shot and finished eighth.

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Teammate Darya Yurkevich’s third place on Wednesday motivated Chepelin, biathlonworld.com writes: “I was watching Darya yesterday, I was inspired by her result and knew that clean shooting would make the podium possible.”

See also: Darya Domracheva hopes to get back into competition in January