Biathlon - Berger storms to third gold in Nove Mesto

Norway's Tora Berger claimed her third gold medal of the Biathlon World Championships in style as she comfortably defender her 15km individual title in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

Biathlon - Berger storms to third gold in Nove Mesto

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Tora Berger of Norway reacts after crossing the finish line to win the women's 15 km individual race during the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Championships in Nove Mesto (Reuters)

The last 11 women's 15km World Championships races had seen 11 different winners but Berger was in no mood to loosen her grip on the crown she won in Ruhpolding.

The Olympic champion put on a masterclass to collect her third gold of the competition – having already topped the podium in the 10km pursuit and mixed relay event – extending her lead atop the World Cup standings in the process.

Berger was perfect with the rifle to cross the line in 44:52.5 minutes, almost a minute ahead of her nearest challenger Andrea Henkel who finished in 45:45.2.

Despite finishing second best there was still plenty for Henkel to celebrate as her silver was the first for Germany at this year’s Championships.

Completing the podium in third was Ukraine’s Valj Semerenko who claimed her maiden individual World Championships medal.

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