Henkel wins 12.5km mass start

Sun, 05 Feb 13:39:00 2012

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Andrea Henkel was a picture of consistency in both ski and shoot as she took her first World Cup win of the season in Holmenkollen.

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With World Cup leader Magdalena Neuner opting out of the women’s 12.5 kilometre mass start, the field was wide open with Henkel making the most of her fellow German’s absence.

Henkel, who won double gold at the Olympics in 2002, made just one mistake in the range. That coming in the first set of five, and she showed great pace on snow to come home first.

She clocked a winning time of 38 minutes and 1.2 seconds after breaking clear of the field with Belarusian Darya Domracheva recovering from four penalties to take silver.

Domracheva showed great speed on her skis to clock 38:27.8, while in stark contrast, Teja Gregorin was perfect in the range but had to settle for bronze just over half a second further behind.

Neuner, despite opting out, still leads the overall World Cup rankings but her lead is now just 21 points with Domracheva taking her total to 795 courtesy of second place.

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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