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Shipulin misses out on giving Russia 1st gold

Russia's Anton Shipulin competes during the men's biathlon 10k sprint, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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.''