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Habert follows in Fourcade's footsteps with Oberhof victory

Habert follows in Fourcade's footsteps with Oberhof victory
By Sportsbeat

07/01/2017 at 16:19Updated 07/01/2017 at 16:36

Marie Dorin Habert eased to victory in the women's 10km pursuit, to continue France's domination of Saturday's pursuit competitions in Oberhof.

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With Martin Fourcade taking the win in the men's 12.5km event earlier in the day, Habert clocked a time of 34:33.3 with two penalties, taking the lead at the final standing stage and never relinquishing her advantage.

Czech Republic's Gabriela Koukalova finished second, 38.8 seconds and three penalties back, with Kaisa Makarainen third with four penalties, 1:19.1 behind.

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Koukalova had taken the lead in the early stages, perfectly cleaning up all five targets in both prone stages, with Makarainen and Habert hot on her heels.

But Habert was able to take over proceedings later on, and now sits fourth in the overall rankings on 399 points.

Marie Dorin Habert of France celebrates after winning the women's 10 km pursuit race of the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, eastern Germany, on January 7, 2017

Marie Dorin Habert of France celebrates after winning the women's 10 km pursuit race of the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, eastern Germany, on January 7, 2017AFP

Habert admitted Fourcade's victory had spurred her on to clinch the gold medal herself.

"I watched the race with Martin, he is just so powerful, he is so strong," she said.

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