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16.03.2014
Hometown Hat Trick for Kaisa
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Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen won for the third time in a row here in her hometown, by taking the women's 10K pursuit in 30:52, with two penalties. She led from start to finish. Second went to Belarusian Darya Domracheva, who moved from 20th at the start and had just a single penalty, one minute back. Russia's Olga Zaitseva finished third, with five penalties, 1:54.3 back.
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16.03.2014
Windy Hat Trick for Johannes Boe
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Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway pulled off the hat trick by taking all three competitions here in Kontiolahti, culminating with his pursuit title today with five penalties, in 33:37.1. France's Martin Fourcade, with three penalties finished second, 16.3 seconds back, while Sweden's Bjorn Ferry finished third, with three penalties, 20.4 seconds back.
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16.03.2014
A Few Minutes with...Juliya Dzhyma
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Juliya Dzhyma of Ukraine burst onto the World Cup scene this season like a lightning bolt from the East, picking up the first podium of her career with second in the Hochfilzen pursuit, just a day after fifth place in the sprint. She was so thrilled and confident that she commented, "I hope that fifth place will be my worst result of the season. I am expecting more." The previous season, as a 22-year-old, she was on the podium at the WCH with her Ukrainian teammates collecting second place in the women's relay.
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15.03.2014
Another Hometown Sprint Win for Kaisa
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Kontiolahti’s hometown hero Kaisa Mäkäräinen, who lives in nearby Joensuu matched men’s sprint winner Johannes Thingnes Boe by winning both sprints here this week. Mäkäräinen, with one penalty finished in 20:53.6, 17.3 seconds slower than her time on Thursday. Second went to Norway’s Tora Berger, 6.2 seconds back with Gabriela Soukalova of Czech Republic third, 12.9 seconds back, shooting clean like Berger.
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15.03.2014
Two in a Row for Johannes Boe
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Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe made it two in a row by taking the second sprint in Kontiolahti, once again shooting clean. His time of 24:03.5 was 18.5 seconds ahead of Russia's Alexander Loginov, who also shot clean in second place. Lowell Bailey of the USA, with the first podium of his career shot clean to finish third, 19.4 seconds back.
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15.03.2014
The Kontiolahti Wall Preview with Dasha and Björn
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The spring-like weather continues in Kontiolahti, as much of the soft slushy snow turns to mush and then into big puddles of icy water.
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14.03.2014
IBU Press Release: IBU Athletes Committee Election
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Four athletes were elected to the IBU Athletes Committee by their fellow athletes during an election held last week at World Cup 7 in Pokljuka, Slovenia.
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13.03.2014
Kontiolahti Sprint to Johannes Thingnes Boe
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Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe shot clean to win for the third time in his career and the first time since December to take the 10K sprint in 23:33.2. Second place Martin Fourcade of France, wearing the Yellow Bib also shot clean but finished 7.1 seconds back, just .1 seconds ahead of Germany's Arnd Peiffer, with one penalty, the only man in the top 10 not to clean today.
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11.03.2014
Springtime Biathlon in Kontiolahti
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From the bitterly cold IBU YJWCH last week in the USA to the "so much snow that we do not know where to put it" of Pokljuka just two days ago to the minimal, melting snow here in Kontiolahti; this continues to be an odd winter.
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09.03.2014
Domracheva Dominates Pokljuka Mass Start
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Olympic Mass Start Gold medalist Darya Domracheva of Belarus repeated won the first mass start after the OWG today in 36:16.4, with two penalties. Yesterday's pursuit winner, Kaisa Mäkäräinen also with two penalties finished 22.2 seconds back in second. Russia's Olga Zaitseva finished third with her best result since the opening week of this season, 35.9 seconds back with one penalty.
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