Norway's Solemdal wins biathlon WCup 10K pursuit
Norway's Synnoeve Solemdal looks smiles after she won the women's 10 km pursuit biathlon World Cup competition, on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Hochfilzen, Austria. (AP / Kerstin Joensson)
Published Sunday, December 8, 2013 8:24AM EST
HOCHFILZEN, Austria -- Synnoeve Solemdal of Norway won the women's biathlon World Cup pursuit Sunday in a repeat of her maiden victory here last year.
Solemdal missed one target in the first round but shot flawlessly after that before finishing the 10-kilometer race in 30 minutes, 16.2 seconds. Juliya Dzhyma of Ukraine hit all targets and came 11.5 seconds behind in second.
Solemdal said "winning again after last year, I can't believe it. On the last loop I was so afraid that the Ukrainian girl would overtake me but it was enough."
Krystyna Palka of Poland took third, trailing Solemdal by 15.1. Defending overall champion Tora Berger of Norway had three mistakes in her second shooting round and finished 1:30.2 off the lead in 18th.
A men's 12.5K pursuit will conclude the meet later Sunday.