Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)
Olga Vilukhina (RUS), Gabriela Soukalova (CZE), Tora Berger (NOR) (l-r)
Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)
Olga Vilukhina (RUS)
Simon Fourcade (FRA)
Simon Fourcade (FRA), Christoph Sumann (AUT), Michal Slesingr (CZE), Martin Fourcade (FRA) (l-r)

GABRIELA SOUKALOVA DEFENDS HER SPRINT VICTORY IN PURSUIT

16.03.2013
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Gabriela Soukalova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) was able to defeat her sprint success in today's pursuit in Khanty-Mansiysk. She won ahead of Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer) and Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles). In men's race Simon Fourcade (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) made a podium after a great catch-up race.
Soukalova competes with her opponents
Gabriela Soukalova showed a great performance in pursuit as well and celebrated victory with a seven seconds advantage. After she dropped back a bit with all in all two penalties during the race she entered the lead again before the last lap while her opponents missed more or less targets as well. Second went to Olga Vilukhina who missed three targets alltogether followed by Tora Berger who increased spot by spot. A German trio consisting of Miriam Gössner (GER, Fischer), Laura Dahlmeier (GER, Fischer skis and boots) and Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) finished fifth to seventh. Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) came in eighth, Vita Semerenko (UKR, Fischer) finished ten after she was in the lead before her last shooting.

Podium after clean shooting
With a great shooting performance Simon Fourcade was able to make a podium today. The Frenchman started in 22nd spot, 1:32 minutes behind and shortened his gap lap by lap. After crossing the line he was just 35 seconds behind the clear winner Christoph Sumann (AUT). Third spot tied for Simons brother Martin Fourcade (FRA) and Michal Slesingr (CZE) who recieved bonus seconds after Andi Birnbacher (GER, Fischer) used Slesingr's targets for crossfire shooting.
Pursuit Women, Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS):
1. Gabriela Soukalova
CZE 2 00.30.58,80
2. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 3 00.31.05,80
3. Tora Berger
NOR 2 00.31.13,60
4. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 1 00.31.20,40
5. Miriam Gössner
GER 3 00.31.22,20
6. Laura Dahlmeier
GER 1 00.31.30,10
7. Andrea Henkel
GER 3 00.31.33,50
8. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 3 00.31.40,50
9. Anaïs Bescond
FRA 2 00.31.41,10
10. Vita Semerenko
UKR 3 00.32.03,30
11. Darya Domracheva
BLR 4 00.32.15,30
12. Tiril Eckhoff
NOR 3 00.32.19,50
13. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 2 00.32.23,60
14. Franziska Hildebrand
GER 1 00.32.41,00
15. Anastasiya Kuzmina
SVK 6 00.32.41,30
Verfolgung Herren, Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS):
1. Christoph Sumann
AUT 0+0+0+0 34:47.9
2. Simon Fourcade
FRA 0+0+0+0 35:23.6
=3. Martin Fourcade
FRA 1+1+2+1 35:28.3
=3. Michal Slesingr
CZE 0+0+1+2 35:28.3
5. Dominik Landertinger
AUT 0+2+1+0 35:41.9
6. Carl Johan Bergman
SWE 0+0+0+0 35:44.4
7. Lukas Hofer
ITA 0+0+0+1 35:48.3
8. Arnd Peiffer
GER 1+0+0+1 36:14.7
9. Florian Graf
GER 3+0+0+1 36:21.1
10. Lowell Bailey
USA 0+1+0+0 36:21.9
11. Vetle Sjastad Christiansen
NOR 0+0+0+1 36:24.6
12. Daniel Mesotitsch
AUT 0+0+0+2 36:26.7
13. Tarjei Boe
NOR 0+1+1+1 36:27.8
14. Simon Eder
AUT 0+0+2+2 36:29.4
15. Tim Burke
USA 1+0+2+1 36:29.7