Alexander Loginov and Evgeniya Pavlova Take IBU Cup Sprints
Alexander Loginov of Russia claimed a win in the men’s sprint at the IBU Cup 7 despite one penalty in 26:00.3. Later in the day, his Russian teammate Evgeniya Pavlova won the women’s sprint with one penalty in 24:12.5.
Loginov’s teammate Alexey Slepov finished second with the same shooting result, 1.4 seconds behind. Philipp Nawrath of Germany shot clean on the way to his first podium of the season, 3.3 seconds back.
Russia's Eduard Latypov also had perfect shooting and missed the podium only by 1.2 seconds. The winner of the individual competition Fabien Claude of France started with the same bib 50 as yesterday, but today, even despite the accurate shooting, finished only fifth, 21.2 seconds behind. Sixth place went to Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway, who missed once and lost 37.5 seconds, but at the same time, strengthened his position in the men’s IBU Cup Total Score.
Perfect Winter Conditions
The second competition day in Uvat started with the men’s sprint and brought perfect winter conditions with bright sun, chilly temperature around -14C and a hard packed track. One of the last starters Claude stayed as the leader after each shooting range with a chance to double up his win. But today, the French could not keep the same high speed at the final lap, as he had yesterday and crossed the finish line out of top 3. Loginov, who missed once at the first prone, left the stadium 20.2 seconds behind the leader with the ninth result. Despite hitting all targets at the standing, the Russian still was not in the lead, but now only 5.4 seconds behind Claude. At the last loop, he showed his usual great speed and flying over the tracks, finished in first.
Could Not Keep
Slepov, who also left one unclosed target after the first shooting, left the range 6 seconds behind his teammate. Accurate shooting at the second range helped him to move to the fifth, but he still was on 13.6 seconds distance from the leader. Showing his best on the final leg, Slepov reduced that time and was first at the finish, until Loginov did not overcome him. Nawrath, unlike his rivals, was perfect at both ranges, leaving in the third position after each. On the last loop, he even became a leader for a while, but could not keep that advantage until the end, crossing the line in third.
Loginov commented on his shooting, “I had one prone mistake today, but at the same time, I shot clean at the standing. In general, I am glad with that result and with my first place at the end.”
Behind Pavlova, second place went to Germany’s Karolin Horchler, 4.8 seconds behind. Yuliia Zhuravok of Ukraine, second place in the individual competition, today was also perfect at the shooting range and finished third, 7.5 seconds back.
Clean-shooting Kristina Reztsova of Russia became fourth, 25.1 seconds behind. Fifth went to her teammate Margarita Vasileva with one penalty, 28.8 seconds back. Marion Deigentesch of Germany took the last spot in top 6 with one mistake, 33.2 seconds behind.
Despite missing once at prone, today Pavlova was fast on her skies and with the clean standing left stadium as a leader. Having later start number than her rivals, the Russian improved her third place in the individual and claimed first ever IBU Cup win. Horchler and Zhuravok shot more accurate but were slower on the track. Still, by finishing second, the German strengthened her top position in the women’s IBU Cup Total Score before the final season events in Khanty-Mansiysk next week.
E.Pavlova, "Before the start, I did not know how the competition would go because yesterday the individual went pretty hard for me, it was tough on the track, so I had no idea what to expect."#IBU_Cup pic.twitter.com/EVyokMpB0o— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) March 11, 2018
Pavlova told about the last lap, “I do not remember the advantage I had on the final leg, but I can say it was very hard; I was trying to keep it and not to lose until the finish.”