PRESQUE ISLE — The Russian national anthem was popular Saturday at the IBU Biathlon Youth/JuniorWorld Championships at the Nordic Heritage Center.

Russians won both the men’s 10-kilometer sprint and women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint, though in different fashions.

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Alexander Povarnitsyn skied fast to the men’s gold medal, beating Norway’s Tore Leren by 13.4 seconds. Russia’s Evgeniya Pavlova edged Galina Vishnevskaya of Kazzakhstan by three-tenths of a second to win women’s gold.

In the men’s race Leren had a clean shoot, hitting all of his targets, while Povarnitsyn missed one target in the standing position. But Povarnitsyn skied very fast and won in 25:45.8. Leren finished in 25:59.2.

“I knew it would be hard to beat him,” said Leren.

Russia also took third as Eduard Latypov finished in 26:02.3, just ahead of France’s Claude Fabien, the defending gold medalist who finshed in 26:03.6.

Tyler Gustafson was the top American finisher, in 43rd in 29:21.6.

In the women’s race, Pavlova finished in 21:08.5 and then had to sweat out Vishnevskaya’s finish.

“I was very nervous,” said the 20-year-old Pavlova. “I was just praying she was not going to catch up with me.”

And she couldn’t.

“Up until the very last second I thought I could do it,” said Vishnevskaya, who finished in 21:08.8. “I missed by that much. It is disappointing.”

There was only one other competitor to shoot a clean 10 for 10: American Kelsey Dickinson.

When she finished, in 23:25.5, she was in fourth position. She would eventually finish 22nd.

“It was just fun to be out here on a course that’s our own turf,” she said. “I had absolutely no expectations. I just wanted to ski my own race.

“I was just thinking about the process. I had no goals in place. I was just happy to be here”