Hauswald win boosts title bid

Eurosport - Thu, 18 Mar 12:05:00 2010

Simone Hauswald put herself in contention for the overall biathlon World Cup crown after scooping her second win of the season in Oslo.

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In the first race at the historic Holmenkollen track since its recent renovation, the German shot clean before skiing home in 20 minutes 42.4 seconds to win the 7.5km sprint.

The 30-year old has never been far from the podium this season, capturing sprint gold in Oberhof as well as bronze in the 12.5km mass start event at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver last month.

And Hauswald has continued to impress post-Vancouver, finishing third in last weekend's 10km pursuit at Kontiolahti before upgrading to gold on Thursday.

Victory propels the German into fourth in this season's standings, 80 points off the top spot with four races remaining.

Belarusian Darya Domracheva won the sprint and pursuit double in Kontiolahti and impressed again to strike silver in Norway, 4.9 seconds behind the German.

Meanwhile, Sweden's Anna Carin Zidek-Olofsson returned to the podium for the first time in 11 races, another 9.5s back.

Double Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner extended her lead at the top of the World Cup standings to 53 after finishing sixth with second-placed Helena Jonsson continuing her recent hiatus from the podium to finish 24th.

Great Britain's Adele Walker finished 71st in Oslo after missing just once in her two visits to the range while Amanda Lightfoot also made just one prone miss on the way to 84th.

Biathlon World Cup Oslo

Men's Pursuits - Saturday 4pm on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Women's Pursuits - Saturday 4.30pm on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Women's Mass Start - Sunday 1pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Men's Mass Start - Sunday 3pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

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