Germany’s Herrmann wins 15km biathlon

Berlin (dpa) – Germany’s Denise Herrmann secured a comfortable victory in the women’s biathlon World Cup individual 15-kilometre race on Friday.

Herrmann, 31, hit all the targets for the first time in her career in clocking 41 minutes 33.4 seconds in Pokljuka, Slovenia, 59.2 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Hanna Oeberg, who had one penalty.

France’s Anais Bescond shot clean for third place, 1:15.7 seconds behind Herrmann.

It was first World Cup win for former cross-country racer Herrmann in the single 15km race and the fifth of her career, giving the German women’s team a first victory of the season.

Herrmann’s previous best result in the 15km was 18th.

“It was a perfect day for me and my best race ever,” Herrmann said after her first success since her world championship pursuit gold more than 10 months ago.

Saturday sees mixed relay races at the venue while mass start races are set for Sunday, the last events before the February 12-23 world championships in Anterselva, Italy.

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