The Junior World Championships got underway on the 27th of January with the Individual event. The men raced first and it was Germany’s Max Barchewitz who took the first gold medal. He shot the perfect 20/20 to become the World Champion.
The silver medal went to Vebjoern Soerum who hit 18/20 and bronze went to Switzerland’s Sebastian Stadler who hit 19/20 to give the home nation a medal.
In the women’s race it was Russia’s Anastasiia Khaliullina who triumphed with the perfect shoot hitting all 20 targets. The silver went to Milena Todorova of Bulgaria who shot 17/20 and bronze went to Amy Baserga of Switzerland for their second medal of the day.
The relay races were next on the schedule on the 29th. For the Junior men it was Russia who took gold for the 6th year in a row despite a penalty loop! The team of Kirill Bazhin, Daniil Serokhvostov, Vadim Istamgulov and Said Khalili still finished 20 seconds ahead of Germany who took the silver medal and they only needed 3 spares! Max Barchewitz, Tim Grotian, Julian Hollandt and Danilo Riethmuller finished ahead of the French team of Thomas Biffraz, Guillaume Desmus, Martin Bourgeois Republique and Sebastian Mahon who used 10 spares to win bronze.
In the women’s relay it was France who won the gold medal. Camille Bened, Laura Boucaud, Lou Anne Chevat and Paula Botet needed 8 spares to claim victory. Russia took the silver medal with the team of Anastasiia Khaliullina, Anastasiia Goreeva, Aline Kudisova and Anastasia Shevchenko taking a penalty loop. Norway took the bronze with Aasne Skrede, Mari Wetterhus, Marthe Johansen and Juni Arnekleiv using 6 spares.
The men’s sprint was the next competition to take place on Saturday the 1st of February. It was won by Vebjoern Soerum of Norway who hit 9/10 to claim the gold medal. 25 seconds behind him was Jakub Stvrtecky who hit 10/10 for silver and Dzmitry Lazouski took bronze also hitting all 10.
The women’s sprint went to Russia with Anastasia Shevchenko hitting all ten targets to get the gold. Aasne Skrede gave bib23 a silver medal (and Norway of course) with 1 miss. The bronze went to Milena Todorova who missed 3 targets but had the superior ski speed.
Finally on Sunday we had the pursuit races. Germany’s Danilo Reithmuller struck gold hitting 17/20 to move from 7th to 1st. The silver went to Said Khalili who in spite of 5 misses still went from 5th to 2nd. Third place and the bronze medal went to Slovenia with Alex Cisar hitting 19/20 to go from 11th to the final spot on the podium.
None of the men from the sprint could stay on the podium but in the women’s pursuit nothing changed at all! Anastasia Shevcenko took the gold with 20/20, Aasne Skrede got silver with 19/20 and Milena Todorova claimed bronze with 18/20.
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