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Season Review 20/21: WOMEN

This season was one dominated by one woman – Tiril Eckhoff. It didn’t get off to the best start for her however finishing 67th in the Kontiolahti individual and 43rd in the sprint but after those poor results she never looked back. She took her first Overall Title with 13 wins out of 26. She made history by becoming the first biathlete to win 7 sprint races in a row. She also won 6 pursuits on her way to a points tally of 1152.

She came very close to winning the big crystal globe last season but just missed out to Wierer in the end. This season she was unstoppable and throroughly deserves the title.

Second place in the Total Score went to Marte Olsbu Roeiseland with 963 points. Franziska Preuss took third place with 840 points. For both women it was their best finish to date in the overall.

The indiviudal globe was shared this season between Lisa Hauser and Dorothea Wierer. After her stellar results obviously the sprint and pursuit globes also went in Eckhoff’s suitcase. The mass start globe went to Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold in the very last race.

For the first time this season we had the blue bib standings for the Under-25’s which was won by Dzinara Alimbekava with 734 points. Tandrevold was second with 707 points and Marketa Davidova third with 649 points.

There was also another unofficial bib called the silver bib for athletes who are 33-years-old and over. It was created by Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan and knitted by Dunklee herself! The winner was Anais Bescond with 442 points and 33 years! 😉

There were three maiden wins this season. They were for Lisa Hauser in the Antholz pursuit, Dzinara Alimbekava in the Hochfilzen sprint and Ingrid Tandrevold in the Oestersund Mass Start.

The World Championships saw Eckhoff take gold in the sprint and pursuit. Marketa Davidova won her first world title in the individual and Lisa Hauser did likewise in the mass start.

The relay globe went right down to the wire with Sweden clinching the title by winning the final race in Nove Mesto. They tied on points with Germany but thanks to their other win in Kontiolahti the title went to Sweden. Unlike last season when Norway dominated the relays the wins were spread around with Germany winning in Oberhof and Russia in Antholz. However Norway took the big win by taking the World title in Pokljuka as well as a victory in Hochfilzen.

The Mixed Relay globe went to Norway after they won the World Title and the final race in Nove Mesto. Russia won the only other mixed race in Oberhof.

The Overall winner on the IBU Cup was Vanessa Voigt. The sprint title went to Anastasia Shevchenko, the pursuit and individual to Voigt and the relay title to Russia.

At the Open European Championships in Duszniki Zdroj Monika Hojnisz-Starega won gold in the individual, Baiba Bendika took sprint gold and Kamila Zuk was victorious in the pursuit.

The Junior World title went to Camille Bened in the individual and Amy Baserga did the double in the sprint and pursuit. France were relay champions.

The Youth titles were won by Jeanne Richard in the individual while Lena Repinc won sprint and pursuit gold. France were again champions in the relay.

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Nove Mesto #1 2021: Pursuits!

Sunday saw two pursuit races in Nove mesto and a nice changeable breeze in the shooting range to make them even more difficult!

The women raced first again and it was Tiril Eckhoff who took the win completely unchallenged! In fact she hardly saw any of the other competitors.

She hit 10/10 in the prone which was something none of her closest rivals could do so that gave her a big cushion to work with. In the first standing she missed 1 and the second 2 but it made no difference to her chances of victory. On her final shoot she looked a bit rushed and in fact said after the race she was trying to go fast and clean but it didn’t really work!

Denise Herrmann took second place with some excellent shooting. She hit 19/20 missing just one on her first prone. Her skiing was sharper too after some illness at the end of the World Championships.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland was third despite 3 misses. Linn Persson was 4th moving up from 21st with 19/20, Franziska Preuss was 5th and Yuliia Dzhima 6th.

There were some big movers up the field with Anais Bescond going from 26th to 8th, Hanna Oberg from 36th to 13th, Evgeniya Pavlova from 54th to 23rd, Johanna Taliharm from 55th to 24th and Ida Lien from 56th to 25th.

Not a single athlete shot clea almost unbelieveably Lisa Vittozzi missed 8 and Dorothea Wierer 9!

The men’s race was a lot closer at the front with the lead changing after each shoot. Simon Desthieux held the lead after the first prone. After the second it was Tarjei Boe out in front. Then it was Emilien Jacquelin after the third. Obviously leading out of the final shoot would be a good thing and Tarjei Boe and Jacquelin arrived together.

It was Boe who held his nerve hitting all 5 while the Frenchman missed 1! He would go on to win his first pursuit race in almost 10 years! Behind him there was a big battle for second place.

With 2 misses on the first prone it looked like Johannes Boe was out of the race but he hit the next 15 to put himself right back in it. He found himself in a group with Simon Desthieux, Jakov Fak, Sturla Laegreid, Quentin Fillon Maillet and Jacquelin. At the big climb he just ran away from them all with an amazing burst of speed and it was a 1-2 for Norway and the Boe family!

Third was a big battle between the others and it was Desthieux who came out on top passing Jakov Fak in the last 25 metres to secure the final podium spot.

Fak was 4th with 20/20, Laegreid 5th and Fillon Maillet 6th.

Five other men hit the perfect 20/20 and they were Dmytro Pidruchnyi in 9th, Michal Krcmar in 14th (from 39th), Felix Leitner in 16th, Sergey Bocharnikov in 17th (from 54th) and Artem Tyshchenko in 25th.

Although he didn’t win Johannes Boe did finish ahead of his big rival for the overall Laegreid and keeps the yellow bib heading into Nove Mesto week 2!

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Antholz 2021: Relay/ Mass Start!

Finally the sun came out for the last day of racing in Antholz. We saw the opposite races from yesterday with the women’s relay and men’s mass start. Unfortunately they didn’t live up to the enthralling encounters of Saturday but to be fair that would have been a very big ask.

The women kicked off with the relay and as per usual it was Lisa Vittozzi who was best on the first leg giving the home team Italy an early advantage. She was followed into the first exchange by Vanessa Hinz and Evgeniya Pavlova. It wasn’t such a good leg for Karoline Knotten and Anais Bescond who both went on the penalty loop. It wasn’t great for Eva Puskarcikova and Suvi Minkkinen either after a dramatic downhill fall.

The second leg saw Russia take over the lead with Tatina Akimova and Janina Hettich fighting it out all the way around the tracks. A fabulous leg from Anais Chevalier-Bouchet put France up into third from 12th place and Italy were in fourth after a solid leg from Federica Sanfilippo.

Germany took over at the front after leg three. Denise Herrmann needed 3 spares to Svetlana Mironova’s 2 but was faster on her skis and handed over in first position. France maintained third spot even though Justine Braisaz-Bouchet had to make use of 4 of her spare rounds. Young Italian Michela Carrara was fantastic using just 1 spare to keep Italy in contention.

Franziska Preuss and Uliana Kaisheva were neck and neck after the prone as so often it would be a final shoot decider. Preuss had the most trouble on the range taking a long time to shoot. Her fatigue was showing as she couldn’t control her shaking legs. She did only need one spare to Kaisheva’s two but the Russian knocked them down quicker and was away to ski for victory.

Preuss was able to hang on to second place despite the best efforts of Julia Simon who brought France home in third. She was understandably tired after her mass start heroics. Dorothea Wierer had a chance to move into second on the final shoot hitting 4 targets very quickly but she missed the last and the chance was gone. Italy were 4th in the end with Belarus 5th and Norway 6th.

The men’s mass start was a tight race through the first two prone stages. After shoot one it was Lukas Hofer in the lead from Jakov Fak but with another 11 men hitting 5/5 it was a close pack at the front.

The second prone was similar with Hofer out first again with Fak on his tail. There were only another 4 men who hit 10/10 and so the field was shrinking.

One of those men was Johannes Thingnes Boe. He made a break from the others on the tracks to give himself more time on the range to cut out his mistakes. It worked on shoot three with another 5/5 for him. Also hitting all the targets was Quentin Fillon Maillet who was now in second place after missing one shot on the first prone.

It would be between these two to decide the winner and Boe earned himself some extra preparation time on the tracks to take to the range. It almost worked out perfectly apart from 1 missed target! Luckily for him QFM also missed 1 and so the win would go to Norway.

Behind them the race for third was heating up. In the final shoot most of the guys missed 1 target except Jakov Fak who got all five down and was away and clear to grab his first podium of the season.

Vetle Christiansen was 4th (again!), Arnd Peiffer 5th and Johannes Dale 6th.

Now we have a two week break before the World Championships in Pokljuka. The first race is on the 10th of February. Don’t worry though the European Championships start on the 27th of January in Duszniki-Zdroj!

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HOCHFILZEN 2020 #1: Relay/Pursuit!

Day 2 in Hochfilzen was for the women’s relay and the men’s pursuit. The women raced first and conditions were good. Could the Swedish team make it two wins in a row? Well the short answer is no – but they put up a hell of a fight.

It was back to business as usual for the Norwegian women who took the victory and look like a completely different team from the one in Kontiolahti even though it was exactly the same team! France took second place and Sweden just grabbed third on the line.

Karoline Knotten got Norway off to a solid start on the first leg but Anais Bescond struggled for the French. She avoided the penalty loop – just – but she put the team under pressure to catch up.

In the second leg Ingrid Tandrevold had issues on the range and lost the lead for Norway after going on the penalty loop. It was Marketa Davidova who took advantage exchanging in first place for the Czech Republic.

Their lead didn’t last long because last season’s Tiril Eckhoff has well and truly returned and put Norway into a commanding lead after leg three. Hanna Oberg on the other hand is not looking like the same person as last week and found herself on the penalty loop for Sweden.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland had a comfortable final leg and was never challenged but there was plenty of action behind her. The French were up into second thanks to great work from Julia Simon, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet and Anais Chevalier-Bouchet. However there was a great race for third between Federica Sanfilippo, Elvira Oberg and Denise Herrmann.

It was the Italian who shot the best of the three but unfortunately for her Oberg and Herrmann are the better skiers. It came down to a sprint finish between the two and Oberg just got it on the line with an amazing ski!

It was a genius decision to swap the sisters positions in the relay this week as like all good younger sisters Elvira covered for her older sister! (Although this time there were no boys involved!HAHA!)

Germany were 4th, Italy 5th and home team Austria were 6th. It would be nice just for once to see Italy put Vittozzi and Wierer on legs 3 and 4. I think it could improve their chances of making the podium.

Next it was the turn of the men in the pursuit and by this time there was heavy snowfall. As expected it became a battle between France and Norway. This time it was France who came out on top. It was a perfect race from Quentin Fillon Maillet to take his 4th World Cup win hitting 20/20.

Behind him in second was Emilien Jacquelin who like Eckhoff has rediscovered his form from last season. He also hit the perfect 20 to make it a French 1-2. Johannes Dale held on for third despite 2 misses to take his second podium in 2 days!

Johannes Boe was 4th again after 3 misses. He doesn’t look on top form at the moment but he is still there scoring good points. Let’s face it most biathletes would be very happy with his result so far.

Fabien Claude was 5th and Sturla Laegreid 6th. Another Frenchman Antonin Guigonnat hit all 20 in 9th. Anton Babikov also hit 20/20 to move from 57th to 31st.

Lukas Hofer made a massive gain going from 50th to 17th! It was also great to see Simon Eder back in the top 10 with 8th place in his home race.

Tomorrow we have the women’s pursuit and the men’s relay both of which are not to be missed!

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KONTIOLAHTI 2020 #2: Pursuit/Relay!

Windy times in Kontiolahti which makes difficult conditions for the biathletes but of course lots of fun for us fans! It was an odd combination of men’s pursuit and women’s relay today and it will be vice versa tomorrow.

Tarjei Boe lead out the men’s pursuit after his sprint win on Thursday but unfortunately that didn’t last long. He missed 3 in the first prone and let his brother take over the lead. Tarjei is usually excellent in the pursuit but I think he is more of a chaser than a leader.

Johannes held on to his lead through the second prone and the first stand. However missing 1 in the first stand left the door open for Sebastian Samuelsson who was sneaking up from 18th place with 15/15 in the first three shoots.

By the final stand the two were neck and neck and arrived in the range together. They both missed a shot in the wind but then Boe missed another and so the victory went to Samuelsson. It was his first ever win on the World Cup and very well deserved after his excellent form this season.

There was a big fight behind him for the podium spots and Fabien Claude came from 11th with 3 penalty loops to take second place. Crucially he made his mistakes in the prone but hit 10/10 standing and was able to out ski both Johannes and Sturla Laegreid on the last lap.

Johannes held on for third with Laegreid 4th. Benedikt Doll was 5th and Jakov Fak continued his amazing run this season with 6th place.

Simon Eder was the only man to shoot 20/20 today which moved him from 41st to 13th. Remarkable shooting in the circumstances.

Emilien Jacquelin finally arrived at the World Cup going from 39th to 8th and teammate Quentin Fillon Maillet went from 30th to 10th.

The women also faced the wind in the relay and yet again it was Sweden who came out on top. The team of Johanna Skottheim, Mona Brorsson, Elvira and Hanna Oberg were excellent using just 8 spares to win the relay for the first time in nearly 10 years.

It was the third leg that was decisive with Elvira Oberg catching Chloe Chevalier and holding her nerve on their second standing shoot to put Sweden in the lead ahead of France. They both missed 2 shots but it was Oberg who knocked the targets down quicker with her spares.

She handed over to big sister Hanna who was amazingly composed and was never challanged for the win. Behind her came France with Anais Bescond, Anais Chevalier-Bouchet, Chloe Chevalier and Justine Braisaz-Bouchet with 9 spares in second.

Germany were third with a team of Vanessa Hinz, Fransiska Preuss, Maren Hammerschmidt and Denise Herrmann who used 12 spares.

Russia were 4th , Ukraine 5th and Italy 6th. Norway who were unbeaten in the relay last season were 9th mainly thanks to 3 penalty loops from Tiril Eckhoff who seems to have forgotten what she did last season!

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KONTIOLAHTI #1 : The Individuals!

Welcome back everyone – the 2020/21 biathlon season has begun! We all know by now it is going to be a different one as we have already had positive covid tests, people not getting tests done in time to race and possibly a testing error before the first race! While it might be strange times off the track on it we have already had some top performances!

The Individuals got us underway here in Finland and it was nice of the IBU to give the biathletes the toughest race first up! It’s like starting school with an exam!

The men raced first and gave us a brand new winner. Sturla Holm Laegreid took his debut win on the World Cup with some outstanding shooting hitting 20/20. To be fair he doesn’t miss much on the range having missed just one target in his 5 World Cup starts so far. We saw his potential at the end of last season but I don’t think many people expected him to win quite so quickly.

Second place went to Johannes Boe who missed 1 shot. It’s like the summer never happened he is bang on form already. Third place went to Erik Lesser also hitting 19/20 getting his first podium in a while.

Quentin Fillon Maillet was 4th with 19/20, Ondrej Moravec hit 20 for 5th and Sebastian Samuelsson was 6th with 19 hits.

Canada’s Christian Gow was the only other man to hit the perfect 20 finishing 18th. There were personal bests for home racer Tuomas Harjula in 14th, Vytautas Strolia the birthday boy in 16th, Harry Lemmerer in 31st, Didier Bionaz in 42nd and Bogdan Tsymbal in 47th. It was aslo good to see two young Swiss racers take PB’s with debutant Niklas Harweg in 54th and Sebastian Stalder in 60th. Rudis Balodis also did well on his debut for Latvia finishing in 58th.

The women’s race was ridiculous – as usual! 15km, 4 shoots and it was won by 0.8 of a second. Dorothea Wierer took the victory with excellent shooting – 20/20 and a little help from bib23! She just scraped past Denise Herrmann who had one miss in the first prone. Third place went to Johanna Skottheim who had the perfect shoot and took her first ever podium.

Elvira Oberg was 4th with 19/20 getting her personal best, Linn Persson hit all the targets in 5th and Anais Bescond was 6th with one miss. The Swedish team had Hanna Oberg in 7th and Mona Brorsson in 11th too. Watch out for them in next week’s relay!

Anais Chevalier-Bouchet was 9th on her return to the sport after having a baby. There were more personal bests elsewhere in the field for Dzinara Alimbekava in 8th, Ida Lien in 30th and Irina Kazakevich in 54th.

It was not such a good day for the Norwegian women with Tiril Eckhoff missing 7 to finish in 67th and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland in 24th missing 4 shots.

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Nove Mesto 2020: The Sprints!

It was a very different Nove Mesto which greeted our biathletes for the Sprint races. There are no fans here due to corona virus so the stand are all lying empty. Some people have complained about it but they would complain more if they caught it, sneezed on their grandmother and killed her so we just have to get on with it.

One person who wasn’t complaining was Denise Herrmann. The silence in the stadium helped her hit 10/10 and with her fast skiing no one could beat her in the sprint. Anais Bescond also hit 10/10 to take second place. It was great shooting considering the windy conditions.

Third place went to home favourite and bib23 wearer Marketa Davidova with 9/10. It was a shame for her not having the huge Czech crowd there to cheer for her podium place.

Mari Eder was 4th with her best result for a while, Tiril Eckhoff was 5th despite 2 misses and Hanna Oeberg was 6th with 1 miss. Dorothea Wierer was 24th meaning her lead in the total score is getting smaller!

Elvira Oeberg got her personal best in 8th with 10/10 as did Regina Oja in 20th with 9/10. Fanqi Meng improved ger PB to 38th with 10/10 and Erika Jaenkae got a massive PB in 46th with 9/10.

In the men’s race it was speed that won the day with Johannes Boe hitting 10/10 and winning by nearly 23 seconds! Quentin Fillon Maillet was second also hitting 10/10 but wasn’t fast enough for the win. Third went to Tarjei Boe who also shot the perfect score to complete the Boe-dium!

Home boy Michal Krcmar was 4th and Jakov Fak 5th both with 10/10 and Martin Fourcade was 6th with 1 miss and two broken poles!

Tero Seppala got his personal best in 7th with 10/10. Sturla Laegreid made his World Cup debut for Norway, hit 10/10 and finished 13th! Fangming Cheng got his PB in 16th with 10/10 and another debutant 19-year-old Tommaso Giacomel of Italy hit 10/10 to finish 27th! Said Khalili got his best result so far in 44th despite 2 misses.

Special mention for Jakub Stvrtecky who fell, got caught in the nets at the side of the tracks and had to use the spare rifle but still hit 10/10!

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Antholz 2020: The Single Mixed Relay!

It wouldn’t have taken a rocket scientist to predict the winner of the single mixed relay! When Norway name Marte Olsbu Roeiseland and Johannes Thingnes Boe as their team you know they were after the win and another gold medal.

And that’s exactly what happened – the won and got the gold medal! However it wasn’t the procession that you may have expected, they had to work for this one.

With a tricky wind again in the range it was Hanna Oeberg and Franziska Preuss who took an early lead both hitting 5/5 in the first prone. Roeiseland needed 1 spare which put her behind. She caught up the front two by the stand though and cleaned to tag Norway in the lead. The Swiss were second with Lena Haecki, Sweden third and France fourth with Anais Bescond.

Boe skied away from the chasers but then quickly lost all his lead needing a spare on the prone. That meant Benjamin Weger and Erik Lesser could catch up and leave the range together with Boe. At the stand Boe used 2 spares while Weger and Lesser cleaned. That left the Swiss and Germans ahead with Norway playing catch up.

It didn’t take long for Roeiseland to make up for Boe’s errors and she was with Haecki and Oeberg after the prone shoot. They had been joined by golden girl Dorothea Wierer but not for long. In the stand she would take a penalty loop while Roeiseland, Preuss and Haecki cleaned. Oeberg needed two spares.

Lesser took over in the lead and in the prone both he and Boe cleaned but Weger needed two spares. This meant that clean shooting Sebastian Samuelsson moved into third.

Boe put the pressure on Lesser skiing hard and opening up a gap before the final shoot. He hit all five while Lesser used 1 spare. That was enough to give him a comfortable ski to take the victory. Behind them Samuelsson had to use two spares and that gave Emilien Jacquelin a chance. He hit all five and went on to secure the bronze medal for France behind Germany in silver and Norway in bronze.

Sweden were 4th, Switzerland 5th and Austria 6th.

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Pokljuka 2020: The Mass Starts!

The last day in Pokljuka was for the mass starts and they were worth waiting for! The men got us underway and it was a tight race all the way through.

At the first shoot all the favourites hit 5/5 except Johannes Boe! It didn’t stop him though as he had almost caught the leaders before the second prone.

Again all the top runners went clear including Boe with Quentin Fillon Maillet, Martin Fourcade, Vetle Christiansen and Johannes Dale all up front. Missing 1 and dropping back a little were Benedikt Doll, Tarjei Boe and Erlend Bjoentegaard.

At the third shoot it was Quentin Fillon Maillet and Martin Fourcade who both missed a shot which left Boe and Christiansen out front themselves.

However their lead was not too big and the Frenchmen were catching before the final shoot. The two Norwegians missed this time and the two Frenchmen cleaned but Fillon Maillet was faster and left the range with a clear lead. Behind him Benedikt Doll hit 5/5 and was in second but chased hard by Boe, Christiansen and Fourcade.

It was a fantastic final lap with Doll pushing hard all the way. It was cat and mouse behind him with the other three but it would come down to a four way sprint for the podium spots.

In the end Doll held them all off to finish second. Third went to Johannes Boe and Vetle Christiansen nipped in ahead of Fourcade to snatch 5th. There was only 0.8 of a second between the four guys!

It was Fillon Maillet’s second mass start victory after he won the same race in round six last season although it was in Antholz. He thoroughly deserves his first win of the season.

There were two men who shot the perfect 20/20 and they were Simon Eder in 8th and Matvey Eliseev in 11th.

The women raced later and with Tiril Eckhoff already tucked up in bed back in Norway after she got sick the race was wide open.

Denise Herrmann started fast but it didn’t pay off after she missed 1 on the first prone. That left Hanna Oeberg and Justine Braisaz at the head of an 11 stong group of clean shooters.

At the second prone Oeberg hit all 5 again as did Marte Roeiseland and they opened a small gap over Lisa Vittozzi and Kaisa Makarainen.

Oeberg and Roeiseland skied together and shot together and also missed together! Makarainen missed two but Lisa Vittozzi hit all five to take the lead.

The final shoot was decisive with Oeberg shooting fast and accurately to leave the range ahead of Vittozzi who hit all 5 again to make it 20/20. Behind them Anais Bescond emerged out of the chasers hitting 20/20 to move into third.

That was the way it would finish with Oeberg skiing so well that she couldn’t be caught. It was her first win this season and Vittozzi’s first podium of the season. Bescond made it three races in a row on the podium here in Pokljuka.

Monika Hojnisz-Starega was 4th hitting 19/20, Justine Braisaz missed 3 in 5th as did Marte Roeiseland in 6th.

Now we have a short break before the first race of the World Champinships begins in Antholz on the 13th of February but don’t forget the Youth/Junior World Champs is on now and the IBU Cup continues too.

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Pokljuka 2020: The Individuals!

The final round of the World Cup before World Champs got underway in Pokljuka on Thursday. The men’s individual was the race and the tracks are slightly different this year. I guess they had to make them harder for the World Champs next year!

It was business as usual for Johannes Boe after coming back after the birth of his first son Gustav. He shot 20/20 and as we know if he doesn’t miss a shot he wins! It was like he has never been away!

Second place went to Martin Fourcade who also shot the perfect score but isn’t fast enough to challenge Johannes on the skis. He finished 11 seconds behind the Norwegian.

In third place was Fabien Claude who also hit 20/20 to achieve his first World Cup podium and a new personal best. It’s actually a remarkable performance after the news that his father, is missing after his snowmobile crashed through ice on a frozen lake in Canada.

Philipp Nawrath also hit all the targets finshing fourth to collect his personal best. Johannes Dale was 5th with one miss and Uncle Tarjei was 6th also with 19/20.

The only other man to hit 20/20 was Kirill Streltsov. If you follow the juniors you will recognise the name and the talent! Coming 17th on your World Cup debut is pretty good! Jinle Tang and Simon Bartko also got their best results so far in 43rd and 44th.

On Friday the women raced in sunny conditions and this time a Norwegian didn’t win the race or even get on the podium! It was Denise Herrmann who took her first win in the individual shooting 20/20 for the first time in this race. Hanna Oeberg was second despite missing a target so she must be on incredible ski form finishing just under a minute behind Herrmann.

Third place went to Anais Bescond who hit 20/20 for her first podium of the season. Lisa Vittozzi hit 20/20 to take 4th which is good news for her with the home World Champs coming up soon. Franziska Preuss was 5th also hitting all the targets and Clare Egan was 6th with the perfect shoot to claim her best ever finish in an individual race.

Tiril Eckhoff missed 3 targets to finish 18th and Dorothea Wierer missed 4 to finish 23rd.

Aita Gasparin took a personal best in 9th with 19/20 as did Christina Rieder in 21st with a perfect shoot. Belgium’s Lotte Lie was 53rd on her World Cup debut hitting 20/20 and Irina Starykh was the only other women to hit 20/20 in 8th place.

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