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World Biathlon

Sporting Success For Super Swede

Published måndag 30 mars 2009 kl 10.10
Another clean shot

Sweden celebrated sporting success on Sunday as Helena Jonsson captured her first overall World Cup Biathlon by the smallest of margins in a nail biting finish to the season in Russia.

The 24 year old finished on 952 points after 26 races , exactly the same number as Olympic champion Kati Wilhelm from Germany. The Swede though was declared the overall winner and claimed the crystal globe because she won one more race than her rival, winning four gold medals in 10 top-three finishes to Wilhelm’s three golds in eight.

On Sunday in the final race of the season, the mass start, Jonsson finished second, 15 seconds behind Simone Hauswald. Crucially she didn’t miss a shot, while Wilhelm, who led the overall standings before the event, finished sixth, missing two shots in the final round of shooting - which cost her the overall World Cup title.

’I never thought I could do it. I thought Kati would wrap up the title today,’ said Jonsson.

Wilhelm said: ’It is a bit annoying, the two missed targets were unfortunate. But Helena came second and deserves the title.’

Jonsson also won the mass start discipline title with 210 points from five races. Wilhelm was second with 186, followed by Hauswald with 174.

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