Soukalova secures hat trick of World Cup wins



KHANTY-MANSIYSK, Russia (AP) — Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start race Sunday to complete a hat trick of wins at the season-ending biathlon World Cup event in western Siberia.

Soukalova, who has dominated sprint and pursuit races here, clocked 38 minutes, 22.4 seconds and was the only one to shoot cleanly in the women’s season-ending race. Marie Dorin Habert of France missed one target and came in 11.2 seconds behind for second and her third podium finish this season. The 2011 World Cup champion, Kaisa Makarainen of Finland, ran two penalty loops and powered past Russia’s Olga Vilukhina on the last uphill to finish 22.9 seconds behind the winner for third and her sixth podium finish.