Semerenko wins biathlon World Cup pursuit

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 9:00 AM

ANNECY, France (AP) — Ukraine's Valj Semerenko overtook Irina Starykh of Russia on the last climb to win the women's 10-kilometer pursuit at a biathlon World Cup event Sunday.

Semerenko missed one target and completed the race in 28 minutes, 5.4 seconds, beating Starykh, who shot cleanly, by 4.2 seconds.

Tiril Eckhoff of Norway finished third, 15.5 seconds off the pace, while Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic took fourth. Selina Gasparin of Switzerland, who won Saturday's 7.5-kilometer sprint, was sixth behind Laura Dahlmeier of Germany.

Kaisa Makarainen was in the lead at the halfway stage but dropped to 15th after missing four targets.

Soukalova led Semerenko by 10 seconds at the seven-kilometer mark, but missed her last target to fall out of contention.

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