Two World Cup titles in two days for Laukkanen

Two World Cup titles in two days for Laukkanen
By Sportsbeat

18/03/2017 at 16:44Updated 18/03/2017 at 16:46

Mari Laukkanen won her second World Cup title with victory in the women's 10km pursuit in Oslo, just 24 hours after clinching her first.

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With just a single standing penalty to her name, the Finn stopped the clock in 29:33.3minutes to finish ahead of the clean-shooting Gabriela Koukalova, who crossed the line 26.5 seconds back.

Victory for Laukkanen came just a day after she won the women's sprint on Friday, the same day her shooting coach Asko Nuutinen passed away.

Justine Braisaz had her speed on the skis to thank as she took the final spot on the podium, finishing 1:01.4 back after picking up four penalties on the shooting range.

"It was difficult to think about victory, to do it again immediately after my first victory was hard," said Laukkanen.

"I was not thinking about winning or losing, just doing my work. We lost our shooting coach – I did as he has taught me to do.

"I was thinking about him. I honour him with this victory."

Laura Dahlmeier, who finished ninth in Oslo, continues to lead the overall standings on 1179, with Koukalova and Kaisa Makarainen in second and third respectively. Sportsbeat 2017