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Shipulin Misses Out On Giving Russia 1st Gold Medal

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Russia's Anton Shipulin competes in the Men's Biathlon 10 km Sprint at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 8, 2014 in Rosa Khutor. | ALBERTO PIZZOLI via Getty Images
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Anton Shipulin had Russia's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics in his grasp, heading toward a victory in front of a frenzied home crowd. Then, as so often happens in biathlon, a wayward shot ruined his chances.

Shipulin finished fourth in the men's 10-kilometer sprint on Saturday after missing a target at the final shooting station, when he was in the lead. That forced him to ski a penalty loop and he ended up 6.4 seconds behind winner Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway — and just 0.7 seconds behind bronze medalist Jaroslav Soukup of the Czech Republic.

A disappointed Shipulin said "I hate myself" for the miss but that "I will try to kick this failure out of my head."

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