Biathlon - Doll upgrades silver to gold at Europeans

Benedikt Doll upgraded silver to gold at the European Biathlon Championships as he won the men's 12.5km pursuit in Bansko, even affording himself three missed targets in the range.

Biathlon - Doll upgrades silver to gold at Europeans

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Benedikt Doll in Bansko

German Doll had to settle for silver as the men's sprint finally took place in Bulgaria, 17.5seconds behind Norwegian Vetle Sjastad Christiansen who shot clear to take gold.

However the roles were reversed in the pursuit as Doll and Christiansen both incurred three penalties however the German was far quicker on his skis to win by 22.3seconds.

Doll took over the lead after the second prone stage but had to concede it to Christiansen and Timofey Lapshin, who was to claim bronze, after two misses in his first standing stage.

All three came together in the final shoot with Doll this time going clear and Christiansen and Lapshin missing once with the German pleased with how stood up to the pressure.

"I felt good. At the last shooting I needed a few moments to get a good stand. I knew I needed to shoot zero and fast," said Doll.

"Before the last shot, my knees started to shake. So I told myself that the place is not so important, only the zero was important for me."

Meanwhile there was a double celebration for Germany as the women's 4x6km relay team of Nicole Woetzel, Vanessa Hinz, Franziska Preuss and Karolin Horchler won gold.

The Czech Republic quartet of Jitka Landova, Lea Johanidesova, Eva Puskarcikova, and Veronika Zvaricova won silver 24 seconds behind with Ukraine claiming bronze.

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