RUHPOLDING, Germany - Three-time Olympic champion Michael Greis won a 10-kilometre sprint race Saturday for Germany's first biathlon World Cup victory of the season.

Greis didn't miss a target as he won the 10-kilometre sprint race in 24 minutes 59.2 seconds. Russia's Maxim Tchudov was second, 19.8 seconds back, followed by Alexander Wolf of Germany, 30.5 behind.

"Finally a win, with the success the fun is coming back," said Greis, who won his eighth career World Cup race. "The surprise was it came in sprint, in which I have never won an Olympic medal."

The Germans gained confidence three weeks before the world championships with Daniel Graf taking fourth to go with the two podium finishes.

Norway's Ole Einar Bjorndalen leads the season standings with 388 points after 10 of 26 races. Russia's Dmitri Yaroshenko is second at 337 and Tchudov third at 229.

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