Soukalová impresses with fourth place finish in biathlon pursuit

The leading Czech women’s competitor in the biathlon, Gabriela Soukalová, came fourth in the 10km pursuit event at the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi on Tuesday. Soukalová narrowly missed out on bronze and fourth place is regarded as quite an achievement for the athlete, with no Czech woman having ever taken an Olympic medal in biathlon. The country’s men had not done so until Sochi, where Jaroslav Soukup has taken bronze in the sprint and Ondřej Moravec silver in the pursuit. The only other Czech to win a medal so far in Sochi has been speed skater Martina Sáblíková, who took silver in the 3000m.

Author: Ian Willoughby