Gabriela Koukalova stretches World Cup lead

Koukalova stretches World Cup lead
By Sportsbeat

08/01/2017 at 15:00Updated 08/01/2017 at 16:09

Gabriela Koukalova stretched her lead atop the women's biathlon overall World Cup standings with victory in Oberhof, Germany.

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Czech Koukalova has been in dominant form of late and arrived in Oberhof having won two and finished second once in the last three World Cup events.

And that red-hot form carried on as she was perfect with the rifle en route to claiming her fourth win of the World Cup season in 37:20.5 minutes.

Video - Highlights: Koukalova takes victory in Oberhof


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German Laura Dahlmeier gave the home fans something to shout about as she was 31.5 seconds further back, while Koukalova's compatriot Eva Puskarcikova was third.

The result means Koukalova now leads the overall World Cup standings on 479 points, 15 ahead of Dahlmeier.

Meanwhile, two-time World Cup champion Kaisa Makarainen of Finland is third on 448 points after finishing eighth in Oberhof.