Kuzmina clinches sprint crystal globe in Oslo

Kuzmina clinches sprint crystal globe in Oslo
By Sportsbeat

21/03/2019 at 20:06

Anastasiya Kuzmina clinched the sprint crystal globe at the final race of the Biathlon World Cup season with victory in Oslo.

The Slovakian made only one mistake on the shooting range and finished the 7.5km sprint in a time of 19:56.2 to ensure she finished on top of the final standings for the discipline.

Skiing home second, and 21.2s behind Kuzmina, was Germany's Franziska Preuss while third place on the day went to fellow Slovakian, Paulina Fialkova.

Italian Dorothea Wierer skied home in 11th but still managed to finish second in the overall World Cup standings while home biathlete Marte Osblu Roeiseland crossed the line in sixth to take third overall as the season comes to a close. Wierer is now the outright leader of the standings but she wasn't able to build as big a lead as she would have wanted to as she had to settle for 11th position.

It means she moves to 882 points, 30 ahead of Lisa Vittozzi, who finished all the way down in 68th.

However, with the final total score for the women,s World Cup seeing the worst two results of the season removed, Wierer stands on 846 points and Vittozzi on 829, with today's disaster providing a small silver lining for the latter.

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