It was a trigger finger numbingly cold day in Pokljuka for the women’s sprint. It started out sunny though with little wind but that would change!
After the Norwegian men failed to deliver a medal in the men’s event it was left to their women to restore some pride and that’s just what Tiril Eckhoff did! We all know how well she skis but today it was her shooting that won her the gold medal.
Starting with bib 18 the wind wasn’t a big issue in her prone but by the time it came to the standing it had picked right up. Eckhoff held her nerve and took her time to ensure she hit all the targets making it a perfect 10/10. It is a very difficult thing to do under such pressure.
She was one of the favourites after winning 3 sprints already this season so there was a lot of expectation on her shoulders. In fact the last time there was so much pressure on her was at her home World Championships in Olso in 2016. She won the sprint there too.
The silver medal went to France again with Anais Chevalier-Bouchet putting mixed relay disappointment behind her to get on the podium. She missed one in the standing and finished 12 seconds behind Eckhoff. Did I mention she was wearing bib23!!! 🙂
Third place was a surprise with Hanna Sola taking the bronze medal. She hit 10/10 to win her first World Championships medal and get her first ever podium finish. She has done pretty well in the relays this season but hasn’t shown this kind of form individually.
Denise Herrmann took 4th with 9/10, Lisa Vittozzi was looking back to her old self in 5th with 10/10 and despite 2 misses Marte Olsbu Roeiseland was 6th. Dorothea Wierer finished in 20th with 8/10 but has been feeling a little unwell.
Michela Carrara took a big personal best in 23rd as did her teammate Irene Lardschneider in 24th. Alla Ghilenko got her PB in 43rd and so did her teammate Alina Stremous in 53rd. Elena Chirkova got her best result too in 57th.
There is 1 minute separating the the top 10 in the pursuit tomorrow across 8 nations. You proabaly shouldn’t miss it!
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