Home favourite Monika Hojnisz-Starega recovered from a slow start to be crowned European biathlon champion in a dramatic race in Duszniki Zdroj.
The Polish skier picked up a penalty shot on the second prone and left the range in eighth position but fought back in superb style to take the win in 45:17.1 on home snow.
That one slip-up proved to be the only blemish on her record, gaining four places the next time she took aim and converting medal potential to top spot on the podium.
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"I tried to concentrate on each shot and to be focused on the shooting range,” said the victor.
“And I think I did it in a good way. I am really satisfied with this result. This medal brings me much more confidence and I am motivated before the World Championships."
Second place went to Anastasiya Merkushyna who finished an agonising 2.9 seconds back, despite the Ukrainian enjoying a faultless record in front of the targets.
Mid-starter Larisa Kuklina of Russia shot clean and led for large stages of the race but eventually had to settle for bronze – the same medal Hojnisz-Starega won four years ago.
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