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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Another Female Biathlete Assaulted

KHANTY-MANSIISK, Ural Mountains -- A second female biathlete has been reportedly accosted at the world championships in this western Siberian town.

Around the time American competitor Tracy Barnes was being released from hospital Monday night after suffering a concussion and cuts in a mugging, Finnish biathlete Sanna-Leena Perunka was assaulted by an unidentified man while running in the same area where Barnes was hit the day before.

"Perunka was running with her coach in the same area and a man came behind them with a bottle in his hand," said U.S. team spokesman Jerry Kokesh, citing the Finnish team doctor.

"The coach saw him but at the time a police car was driving by. The police stopped and they got the man and took him away. And yet this afternoon we heard the police say there was no such incident," Kokesh added.

On Sunday, Barnes went for a run, stopped to stretch and was assaulted by an unidentified man with a glass object.

U.S. team officials did not consider the incident to be a planned attack against a U.S. athlete.

Barnes was a silver medalist at the 2002 junior world championships in the women's relay.