Denise Herrmann won the women's sprint at the World Cup in Finland ©Getty Images

Germany's Denise Herrmann moved up to third on the overall women's standings with one race of the season remaining after winning the women's sprint at the International Biathlon Union World Cup in Kontiolahti.

Herrmann led a German one-two as she completed the 7.5 kilometres course in 20min 00.5sec at the event in the Finnish resort, the last of the campaign after the IBU cancelled the final competition in Oslo because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Franziska Preuß took silver, 20.1 seconds behind her team mate, while bronze went to Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff.

Victory for Herrmann, the 2019 world pursuit champion, saw her leapfrog Hanna Öberg of Sweden into third in the battle for the overall title.

Defending World Cup champion Dorothea Wierer of Italy leads Eckhoff by 26 points going into the final women's race of the season, tomorrow's 10km pursuit.

Wierer has a total of 781 points, with Eckhoff second on 755 and Herrmann third on 720.

The IBU also confirmed tomorrow's men's and women's pursuits will be the last races of the season after it cancelled relays scheduled for Sunday (March 15).

Both overall titles will be at stake during the pursuits.

Action at the competition in Kontiolahti is taking place behind closed doors after Finland's Government banned events with more than 500 participants in a bid to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It is the second consecutive IBU World Cup to be staged without fans after last weekend's event in Nové Město na Moravě was also closed to the public.