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Dreissigacker moves up to 47th in biathlon pursuit

Dahlmeier is Olympics' 1st double gold medalist

February 12, 2018
By the Associated Press and the News staff , Lake Placid News

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Emily Dreissigacker of Vermont, the only American woman to qualify for the Olympic biathlon pursuit, moved up four places to 47th place after placing 51st in Saturday's sprint.

Dreissigacker missed four shots in a wild race where even the silver medalist had four misses, yet moved up from 13th in the sprint.

German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier became the first double gold medalist of the Olympics by capturing the women's 10-kilometer pursuit at the Pyeongchang Games.

Dahlmeier previously won the 7.5-kilometer sprint on Sunday night.

With a healthy lead, Dahlmeier grabbed a German flag from a fan in the crowd about 50 meters from the finish line and began waving it as she crossed.

Dahlmeier entered the games ranked fourth in the world but had never won a gold medal. She is quickly becoming the darling of the German team.

After hitting all 10 targets in the sprint, Dahlmeier was nearly perfect again in her second race, hitting 19 of 20 shots to cruise to a victory by more than 29 seconds over Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina, who edged France's Anais Bescond for silver.


Monday's Olympic Biathlon Results

By The Associated Press

At Pyeongchang, South Korea

Women's 10km Pursuit

1. Laura Dahlmeier, Germany, 30:35.3 (1).

2. Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia, 31:04.7 (4).

3. Anais Bescond, France, 31:04.9 (1).

4. Marte Olsbu, Norway, 31:42.6 (4).

5. Hanna Oeberg, Sweden, 31:44.2 (3).

6. Denise Herrmann, Germany, 31:54.7 (2).

7. Veronika Vitkova, Czech Republic, 32:12.6 (3).

8. Lena Haecki, Switzerland, 32:16.8 (3).

U.S. Finisher

47. Emily Dreissigacker, United States, 35:36.7 (4).



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