Domracheva, Fourcade win biathlon World Cup mass starts

Darya Domracheva picks up her third biathlon World Cup win of the season.

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Darya Domracheva of Belarus clinched a 12.5-kilometer mass start for her third biathlon World Cup victory of the season on Sunday, while Martin Fourcade comfortably won the men’s race.

Olympic champion Domracheva overcame four missed targets and finished in 26 minutes, 28.8 seconds, beating the Czech Republic’s Veronika Vitkova by 14.9.

Vitkova, who claimed her first World Cup victory in Friday’s sprint, had two missed targets, as did Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff, who was 21.7 back in third.

Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen was fourth, ahead of Slovakia’s Jana Gerekova, who had been leading after shooting cleanly.

Makarainen still leads the standings after 10 of 25 events with 486 points, 100 ahead of Domracheva and 120 in front of Ukraine’s Valj Semerenko, who was seventh in Oberhof.

Fourcade followed up his win in the sprint on Saturday by shooting flawlessly and winning the men’s 15K mass start in 44:52, beating Russia’s Anton Shipulin by 13.1.

Shipulin missed four targets for the second day in a row.

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Russia’s Dmitry Malyschko was third, 30.7 back with three missed targets, ahead of Bulgaria’s Anev Krasimir, the Czech Republic’s Michal Slesingr and Latvia’s Andrejs Rastorgujevs.

Fourcade was alone among the men in shooting cleanly and the Frenchman extended his overall lead to 481 points after 10 events, 91 ahead of Shipulin.

The next World Cup competitions take place at Ruhpolding, Germany, with a women’s 4×6-kilometer relay scheduled for Wednesday.