Horchler seals maiden World Cup victory in Italy

Horchler seals maiden World Cup victory in Italy
By Sportsbeat

21/01/2017 at 13:57Updated 21/01/2017 at 14:38

Nadine Horchler recorded the first ever individual IBU World Cup win of her career with victory in the women's 12.5km mass start in Antholz, Italy.

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Germany's Horchler - who's previous best was a fifth place finish, also in Antholz - shot clean before crossing the line in a time of 36:11.5 minutes, ahead of compatriot Laura Dahlmeier, who placed second on the podium.

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Dahlmeier, who won the 15km on Thursday, picked up three penalties on the shooting range before finishing 3.1 seconds back.

Video - Horchler triumphs in Antholz sprint finish


The podium line-up was completed by Olympic silver medallist Gabriela Koukalova - the Czech picked up two penalties en route to finishing eight seconds behind the winner.

Despite not clinching victory, Dahlmeier extended her lead atop the overall World Cup standings to 669 points, 17 points ahead of Koukalova in second.

Finland's Kaisa Makarainen sits in third on 637 points, after finishing fourth in Antholz, 13.5 seconds back with three penalties.