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Dominant Darya Domracheva wins tight 10km pursuit in Oslo

Dominant Domracheva wins tight 10km pursuit in Oslo
By Sportsbeat

18/03/2018 at 14:54Updated 18/03/2018 at 15:30

A last-gasp attack saw Darya Domracheva sprint to a 10km pursuit win in the Biathlon World Cup at Oslo.

The Belarussian pulled away from Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina on the steepest hill of the final loop to secure victory in 30:37.4 minutes with a shooting total of two, 9.2 seconds ahead of Kuzmina who totalled four.

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Domracheva was 29.5 seconds ahead of American Susan Dunklee in third place with a total of two as well.

Domracheva's time would have won her a silver medal at last month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, where the podiums looked very different bar Kuzmina, who repeated her silver finish.

Olympic gold medallist Laura Dahlmeier's time of 30:35.3 in PyeongChang was worlds away from her seventh-place performance in Norway, where she was 50.2 seconds behind the winner and had a shooting total of two.

And France's Anais Bescond, who claimed bronze in Korea last month, trailed in 18th place, with a shooting total of three and a time 1:20.6 minutes behind Domracheva.

With one stage left of the World Cup, in the Russian city of Tyumen, Kuzmina is top of the both the pursuit and the overall rankings, with 263 pursuit points.

Italy's Dorothea Wierer, who came 11th in Oslo, is second with 239 points and Dahlmeier third on 223, just three points ahead of her closest rival Kaisa Mäkäräinen.