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Makarainen sees off Eckhoff in biathlon mass start

Makarainen sees off Eckhoff in biathlon mass start
By Sportsbeat

12/01/2020 at 13:56Updated 12/01/2020 at 14:44

Kaisa Makarainen got the better of Norway's Tiril Eckhoff in the 12.5km mass start in Oberhof to claim her first biathlon World Cup success of the season.

The 36-year-old from Finland has won the overall World Cup title three times, but had not yet finished on the podium this season.

However on a day where everyone struggled on the range, Makarainen missed just once to take victory by 30.2 seconds from Eckhoff, who missed four.

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The Norwegian had won four World Cup events in a row in December and sits second in the overall standings, having cut leader Dorothea Wierer's lead down to just nine points with this second-place finish.

Wierer finished fourth to hang onto her overall lead, with Norway's Marte Olsbu Roeiseland ahead of her to earn a podium place.