HOCHFILZEN, Austria -- Germany's Andrea Henkel won the 15-kilometer individual event at the biathlon world championships Tuesday, with China's Sun Ribo a surprising second.
Henkel, who replaced ill teammate Martina Glagow, finished in 52
minutes, 37.5 seconds.
"I can hardly believe it. I wasn't even meant to be here,"
Henkel said. "I simply coped best with the difficult conditions."
Sun, who had not scored a World Cup point all season, trailed by
30.2 seconds. Norway's Linda Tjoerhom was third, 34.3 behind the
winner. Russia's Olga Pyleva, the 2004 champion, finished sixth.
Henkel was the better shooter, with just one error in the snow
and wind. Sun's silver medal was the second for her team at the
"My shooting was sensational for me today," said Sun, who had
two errors. "This medal is the best promotion for the 2008
Olympics in Beijing."
Tjoerhom was delighted with third place.
"My first top-10 finish at a big event is a podium finish,"
she said. "What more could I ask for?"