Biathlon - Gwizdon wins but Berger claims another Crystal Globe

Magdalena Gwizdon executed the perfect race to win the ladies' 7.5km sprint at the biathlon World Cup in Sochi but third was still enough for Tora Berger to add to her collection of Crystal Globes.

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Biathlon - Gwizdon wins but Berger claims another Crystal Globe
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Tora Berger (Imago)

Gwizdon led almost throughout with a slight drop to second at the 1.8km mark her only blip in the ladies' 7.5km sprint as she shot clear to claim her first victory of the season in 25:28.7 minutes. That denied what looked like a victory for Olympic sprint champion Anastasiya Kuzmina with the Belarusian having to settle for second 10.2seconds back after one miss in the range. Overall and individual Crystal Globe winner Berger too was pushed down after leading when crossing the finish line with Gwizdon and Kuzmina both placing ahead of her as she ranked third. Berger missed one target in the range and finished 3.5 seconds behind Kuzmina however it was enough for her to claim this year's Crystal Globe in the sprint at the Olympic test event in Sochi. With one more sprint left at the final round in Khanty-Mansiysk next week Berger's 71-point lead over Darya Domracheva at the top of distance standings cannot be overthrown. Domracheva did her best to keep the challenge going in Sochi but could only place fifth overall 18.2seconds behind Poland's Gwizdon and 0.2 adrift of Marie Dorin Habert in fourth.

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