Fantastic Soukalova claims her 3rd win a row !

Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic pulled off a hat trick today as she won the season-ending mass start, with clean shooting and a solid performance . She already won the sprint and pursuit competitions earlier this week. Second went to Marie Dorin Habert of France, with one penalty, 11.2 seconds back. Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland flew through the finals 2.5K to claim third, with two penalties, 22.9 seconds back.

Moderate snow fell throughout the competition, slowing the tracks and making parts extremely treacherous, and resulting in a couple falls in the first and second loops.

Seventeen women shot clean in the first stage, with Vilukhina leading the pack into the second prone stage. She picked up a penalty and the Semerenko sisters lead the group out of the stadium, with then only eight women clean and within striking distance of the leaders.titi

Vita Semerenko cleaned the first standing, as did Soukalova, but the Ukrainian took a 16 second lead as they headed out again. Dorin Habert was now up to third, even though she had a penalty in this standing stage. Vilukhina was just behind the French athlete in fourth position. By the time they reached the stadium Soukalova was alongside Semerenko. Standing side-by-side, Soukalova cleaned and left with a 14.8 second lead while Semerenko picked up a penalty and fell back to third as Dorin Habert cleaned and moved into second position. Mäkäräinen left well behind Semerenko but put on a big push in the final loop.

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