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Photo Gallery: IBU World Championships Women’s Pursuit

NOVÉ MĚSTO NA MORAVĚ, Czech Republic – Tora Berger of Norway took home the sixth World Championships title of her career in Sunday’s 10 k pursuit, which wasn’t all that surprising – the current World Cup leader started just six seconds out of the lead. But the rest of the race was more interesting – she lost the lead after the second shooting stage and didn’t regain it until the last lap. Then, Olga Zaitseva of Russia and Ann Kristin Flatland of Norway crashed, allowing Krystyna Palka of Poland and Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine to snag the final medals. Here’s our race report; below are some images of how the race unfolded.

Results

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semerenko zaitseva
vilukina solemdal
vitkova gerekova
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zaitseva pichler
zaitseva vilukhina

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Tora Berger (NOR) leading Olena Pidhrushna (UKR) on the second lap as Olga Zaitseva (RUS) gives chase.

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Sophie Boilley (FRA) and Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK).

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Miriam Gossner (GER) and Ann Kristin Flatland (NOR).

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Andrea Henkel (GER) at 2013 World Championships, where she took silver in the 15 k individual.

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Elisabeth Hogberg (SWE).

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Norwegian fans were thrilled with Berger's gold.

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Olena Pidhrushna (UKR) leading Tora Berger (NOR) on the first lap.

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Sprint champion Olena Pidhsrushna (UKR) was unable to handle the pressure and snag another gold.

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Sprint bronze medalist Vita Semerenko (UKR) leading Olga Zaitseva and Olga Vilukhina (RUS).

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Olga Vilukhina (RUS) and Synnøve Solemdal (NOR) early on.

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Veronika Vitkova (CZE), Jana Gerekova (SVK), and Magdalena Gwizdon (POL).

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Veronika Vitkova placed 8th for the home team.

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Olga Zaitseva (RUS) gets instructions from a coach as Krystyna Palka (POL) tries to chase her down.

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Russians Olga Zaitseva and Olga Vilukhina started the pursuit fourth and fifth, and skied together early on.

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About Chelsea Little

Chelsea Little is FasterSkier's Editor-At-Large. A former racer at Ford Sayre, Dartmouth College and the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, she is a masters candidate in evolutionary biology at joint program of Uppsala University in Sweden, Université Montpellier II in France, and Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. You can follow her on twitter @ChelskiLittle.

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