Czech Republic's Vitkova wins her first biathlon World Cup


Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic celebrates after winning the women's 7.5 kilometers sprint race at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, central Germany, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Photo: Jens Meyer, AP / AP

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic won a women's sprint for her first individual biathlon World Cup victory on Friday.

Vitkova missed two targets and completed the 7.5-kilometer race 8.8 seconds faster than Italy's Dorothea Wierer, who missed one.

Nicole Gontier of Italy shot cleanly and was 19.1 seconds back in third.

Germany's Franziska Preuss was fourth, ahead of Finland's Mari Laukkanen and Czech biathlete Gabriela Soukalova.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus and Kaisa Makarainen could only finish 18th and 20th, respectively.

Attack in Paris threatens Germany’s levels of religious tolerance

They come in the thousands on Monday nights to march in the eastern city of Dresden, armed with a litany of complaints – against politicians, against the media, against asylum seekers and against Muslims, whom they accuse of altering the fabric of German life.

Now Wednesday’s deadly attack on a satirical newspaper in Paris threatens to further inflame a movement that is testing Germany’s commitment to tolerance and openness.

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