Sweden’s Ekholm claims world biathlon gold

Sweden's Helena Ekholm won the gold in the women's 15km at the biathlon world championships in Khanty Mansiysk in Russia on Wednesday.

Sweden's Ekholm claims world biathlon gold

Ekholm claimed her third world title with a flawless round ahead of two outsiders – Germany’s Tina Bachmann at 2min 15.8sec and Ukrainian Vita Semerenko third at 2:52.1sec.

“Today I knew that the shoot would be decisive. It was an incredible relief when the the last target fell,” the 26-year-old said after her win.

Conditions were tough for the biathlon athletes; as a storm raging in the Russian town it was unclear in the morning if the event could be staged.

Despite expressing a longing for the end of winter and the dawn of spring as she waited for event, Ekholm was assured as she alone claimed the full pot of 20 shots in the tournament.

The Swede has now hit 50 consecutive targets in this world championships.

German star Magdalena Neuner struggled home fifth with five penalties for missed targets with Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen, the newly-crowned world pursuit champion and World Cup leader, finishing 28th with seven penalties.

The remaining Swedish competitors were left far back in the field, with Ekholm’s younger sister Jenny Jonsson trailing in 36th, Anna Maria Nilsson in 39th and Anna Carin Zidek in 45th.

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Russia announces no New Year’s greetings for France, US, Germany

US President Joe Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not be receiving New Year's greetings from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Russia announces no New Year's greetings for France, US, Germany

As the world gears up to ring in the New Year this weekend, Putin sent congratulatory messages to the leaders of Kremlin-friendly countries including Turkey, Syria, Venezuela and China.

But Putin will not wish a happy New Year to the leaders of the United States, France and Germany, countries that have piled unprecedented sanctions on Moscow over Putin’s assault on Ukraine.

“We currently have no contact with them,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“And the president will not congratulate them given the unfriendly actions that they are taking on a continuous basis,” he added.

Putin shocked the world by sending troops to pro-Western Ukraine on February 24.

While Kyiv’s Western allies refused to send troops to Ukraine, they have been supplying the ex-Soviet country with weapons in a show of support that has seen Moscow suffer humiliating setbacks on the battlefield.