Biathlon - Soukalova secures maiden win in Poklijuka

Czech Republic's Gabriela Soukalova was left toasting a first-ever biathlon World Cup win as she stormed to victory in Poklijuka, Slovenia.

Biathlon - Soukalova secures maiden win in Poklijuka

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abriela Soukalova of Czech Republic celebrates on the podium after winning the 7.5 km women's sprint event at the IBU World Cup Biathlon at Pokljuka

It was Soukalova's dead-eye with the rifle that propelled her to a maiden victory, perfect at the range to pip German Miriam Gossner to the women’s 7.5km sprint win.

And the good times will continue to roll for Soukalova as courtesy of her victory she has the honour of leading out Saturday's 10km pursuit for the first time in her career, with the start list based on the sprint result.

In truth it always looked like a being a two-horse race between Soukalova and Gossner, with third-place Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus more than half a minute behind.

And it was Soukalova who took the win, crossing in 22:09.8 minutes, with Gossner just 2.1 seconds further back.

Great Britain's sole representative Amanda Lightfoot finished 95th with a time of 27:08.3 minutes.

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