January 07, 2017

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) Marie Dorin Habert won the women's 10-kilometer pursuit for a French double and Gabriela Koukalova seized the overall lead in the biathlon World Cup on Saturday.

In windy and difficult conditions with snow falling, Dorin Habert missed just two targets, in prone and standing, and finished 38.8 seconds ahead of Koukalova, who started first after winning the sprint on Friday.

The Czech biathlete missed three targets but took advantage of former leader Laura Dahlmeier's absence to move to first in the standings.

Kaisa Makarainen of Finland also benefitted, moving to second overall after finishing third in Oberhof, 1:19.1 back with four penalties.

Koukalova leads with 419 points from 10 events, followed by Makarainen on 414 and Dahlmeier on 410. The German decided to skip the racing in Oberhof after saying she needed a rest.

Earlier, Martin Fourcade of France won the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit to stretch his comfortable lead in the standings with his eighth victory of the season.

Dorin Habert said later she was inspired by her compatriot's win.

''I watched the race with Martin, he is just so powerful,'' Dorin Habert said.

Fourcade, the five-time defending champion, missed just one target and beat Arnd Peiffer by 1:09.9. The German missed three targets.

Dominik Windisch of Italy was third, 1:32.4 back with five missed targets, ahead of Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen and Germany's Erik Lesser, both also penalized three times.

Fourcade leads with 562 points, then Anton Shipulin on 352. The Russian finished 16th in Oberhof with five missed targets.

The mass start races are scheduled for Sunday.

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