Winter Olympics 2018: Laura Dahlmeier braves adverse conditions to win 2nd gold medal in biathlon

Pyeongchang: Germany's Laura Dahlmeier beat the opposition and freezing conditions to claim her second gold medal of the Winter Olympics in the biathlon pursuit on Monday, two days after winning the sprint.

The 24-year-old said she ran "for her life" to finish ahead of Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina, who narrowly beat France's Anais Bescond for the silver in blustery Pyeongchang.

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier crosses the finish line to win gold in the women's 10km pursuit biathlon event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 12, 2018, in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier crosses the finish line to win gold in the women's 10km pursuit biathlon. AFP

Dahlmeier, who won five gold medals at last year's World Championships, can bring her Olympic haul to three golds if she triumphs in the mass start on Saturday.

"It was really cold and on the shooting range we had a lot of wind," she said.

"Especially on the last lap the coaches told me I had to fight for every second, because there were some athletes behind me and I should run for my life."

She added that she felt tired even before the race in freezing and windy conditions.

"I don't know what to say because I felt really, really tired before the race and also during the race in the first laps," she said.

"It's the same in any pressure race because you have to stay focused on your own targets and I think I am a little bit of a master of perseverance."


Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 19:23 PM

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