Soukalova wins pursuit to extend biathlon WC lead


RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) -- Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic won the women's pursuit Sunday to extend her lead in the World Cup biathlon standings with her second victory in succession.

Soukalova shot cleanly and completed the 10-kilometer course in 30 minutes, 39.8 seconds, beating Tora Berger of Norway by 9.7 seconds for her third win of the season. Berger, the defending champion, missed one target.

Kaisa Makarainen of Finland was third, 38.9 seconds off the pace after missing three targets, followed by Franziska Preuss of Germany and Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic. Both missed one target.

Soukalova, who also won Friday's individual race, leads the standings after 11 of 22 events with 426 points, 46 ahead of Makarainen and 51 ahead of Berger.

The men's pursuit was scheduled for later Sunday.