It was Linda Tjoerhom of Norway, though who stole the show as she thrilled home fans with a cool last lap to take the win and jump up the Mass Start standings to third place ahead of Uschi Disl.
BIATHLON 2005-2006 Pokljuka - Linda Tjoerhom
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Tjoerhom held her nerve on the last visit to the shooting range clearing all five targets when the race leaders - Ann Carin Olofsson and Kati Wilhelm - cracked and both missed one.
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Tjoerhom put in a powerful display of skiing on the last lap to keep the lead - despite a determined Sandrine Bailly steadily reducing the gap - to claim the win.
Bailly - who missed three targets in total - took advantage of the misfortunes of Olofsson and Wilhelm on the last shoot - to ski to second place 12.3 seconds off the pace.
Olga Nazarova of Belarus sharp-shooted her way into third place - she missed only one out of 20 targets - and crossed the line 14.4 seconds back.
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