Dahlmeier off to dream start
German Laura Dahlmeier is in possession of the leader's yellow jersey after storming to victory in the opening individual event of the World Cup season after winning the women's 15 kilometres competition in challenging conditions in Ostersund, Sweden.
The 23-year-old, who claimed five medals at the 2016 World Championship, including gold in the 10km pursuit, came home in 46:14.0 minutes with two penalties to kick off her campaign in style.
Anais Bescond of France was forced to settle for the silver medal as she finished 15.8 seconds adrift with one penalty, while Belarusian Darya Yurkevich, who managed to shoot clean, did enough for third, crossing the line 1:17.3 minutes after Dahlmeier.
Dahlmeier was sixth in the race for the overall World Cup crown last season despite missing seven events due to injury.
She was one of three Germans to end the race inside the top ten as Franziska Preuss, part of the team which won the gold medal in the 4x6km relay at the 2015 World Championships in Kontiolahti, was fourth and Vanessa Hinz, a former cross-country skier, was tenth.
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