Biathlon - Malyshko doubles up in Oberhof

It was a weekend to remember in Oberhof for Dmitry Malyshko as the Russian claimed his second World Cup win in 24 hours as he stormed to victory in the men's 12.5km pursuit.

Biathlon - Malyshko doubles up in Oberhof

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Fresh from winning the 10km sprint Malyshko returned to the German track looking to continue what had already been an impressive trip for Russia, with compatriot Olga Zaitseva having won the women's 10km pursuit earlier on Sunday and the men's team also claiming victory in Friday's relay.

And the 25-year-old did exactly that as he was perfect with the rifle to cross the line in 32:22.9 minutes for his third trip to the top step of the podium in Germany.

There was even more for Russia to cheer as Evgeniy Garanichev crossed in second with one penalty, 42.1 seconds further back, while Ondrej Moravec from the Czech Republin finished third.

Martin Fourcade could only manage 14th in the 12.5km pursuit but the Frenchman is still top of the overall World Cup standings, although his lead has been cut to 46 points as nearest challenger Emil Hegle Svendsen was fourth in Oberhof.

Malyshko's double winning performance has propelled him up the rankings and the Russian is now fourth on 324 points, 40 behind compatriot Evgeny Ustyugov.

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