Biathlon - Starykh edges out Dzhyma to claim European title

Russian Irina Starykh edged out Juliya Dzhyma to claim the women's 7.5km sprint title at the European Championships in Bansko, Bulgaria.

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Irina Starykh

Both women demonstrated their dead-eye with the rifle, shooting clean throughout the race to make for a tight finish.

But the last laugh belonged to Starykh as she crossed the finish line in 21:28.1 minutes to take the gold, 0.4 seconds ahead of Dzhyma.

The battle for medals quickly became a five-way tussle as the other racers were left behind.

And claiming the final spot on the podium was Poland's Monika Hojnisz as she came home in 21:33.7 minutes.

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