Italy's Dorothea Wierer celebrates her latest victory at the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva ©Getty Images

Italy's Dorothea Wierer won the women's 15 kilometres competition today to make it two gold medals at her home Biathlon World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva.

The 29-year-old, who came out on top in the women's 10km pursuit on Sunday (February 16), triumphed in a time of 43min 7.7sec with two penalties.

Germany's Vanessa Hinz finished 2.2 seconds behind in the runners-up spot with one penalty, securing her maiden medal in individual competition at the World Championships.

Norway's Marte Olsbu Røiseland, the winner of the 7.5km sprint on Friday (February 14), was 15.8 seconds off the pace in third with two penalties.

Wierer left for the final lap in first place and managed to maintain her narrow lead over Hinz through to the end.

"The last loop was really hard and one moment I was thinking 'okay, silver would also be great for me'," Wierer, who is the first-ever Italian to win the women's 15km individual title, said.

"And then I was thinking 'oh, you have to fight, you have to win' and it was a great last fight."

Defending champion Hanna Öberg of Sweden had to settle for fourth place.

Action in Antholz-Anterselva is due to continue tomorrow.

The men's 20km individual competition is scheduled to be held.