Elvira Karin Oeberg and Mikhail Pervushin Take First IBU YJWCH Gold Medals
The 2018 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia kicked off today for 35 nations with 200 men and 179 women (in the combined youth and junior categories). The youth women were first to step on the track, starting seven days of exciting competitions.
First International Wins
Elvira Karin Oeberg of Sweden, on her 19th birthday, won the first Gold medal in the youth women’s 10K individual, with one penalty in 35:35.9. Oeberg’s victory matched that of her sister Hanna, who won Olympic Gold just days ago in the women’s 15K individual. Later in the day, Russia’s Mikhail Pervushin, with one penalty took his first Gold medal in the youth men’s 12.5K individual in 37:41.2.
Behind Oeberg, Russia’s Anastasia Shevchenko with two penalties took the Silver medal, 35.6 seconds back, while her teammate Anastasiia Goreeva despite three misses took Bronze, 53.8 seconds behind.
Germany’s Franziska Pfnuer finished fourth with two penalties, 1:03.6 back. Heidi Nikkinen of Finland matched Pfnuer on the shooting range and finished fifth, 1:07.7 behind. Sixth place went to Pascale Paradis of Canada with one penalty, 1:09.2 back.
No Clean Shooting
Tehvandi stadium welcomed 91 youth women with bright skies and chilly -10C. Light winds that crossed the range from side to side, prevented perfect shooting; no one managed to hit 20-of-20.
The Newly crowned Olympic Champion's younger sister started with a mistake in the first prone. With a penalty of 45 seconds, she left the stadium only in 30th position, 53.2 seconds behind the leader. Cleaning the next three stages, she climbed the standings. After the second prone stage, Oeberg was following the leading Shevchenko, who also had one penalty, 14.9 seconds behind. Unlike her rival, the Russian with the late start number 89 had another mistake in the last standing stage and dropped to the second, allowing her Swedish rival securely finish in first. For the last standing, Goreeva came with three misses; she cleaned the stage but still left the stadium in 7th. Showing great speed on the last lap, the young Russian overcame the other contenders for the podium, taking the Bronze medal.
Youth Men Individual
Filip Andersen of Norway took the Silver medal with one penalty, 12.3 seconds behind. Bronze went to France’s Martin Bourgeois Republique with two penalties, 47.2 seconds back.
Andrei Viukhin of Russia finished fourth despite five misses, 58.2 seconds behind. Fifth place went to Tomas Sklenarik of Slovakia with two penalties, 58.6 seconds back, while another Russian Denis Tashtimerov finished sixth with two misses, 59.6 seconds behind.
Penalty in the Last Shooting Stage
In the afternoon, 93 youth men competed for the set of medals almost under the same weather and wind conditions with no one again shooting clean. Pervushin was very close to a perfect result, cleaning stage after stage while staying the leader until the last shooting. At the final standing stage, he missed once leaving the stadium only in second, 15.4 seconds behind Andersen. The Russian easily reduced this gap until the next split, taking a 15.3 second advantage over the Norwegian. Unlike his rival, Andersen added an extra 45 seconds to his time after the first prone but was moving up with each clean shooting stage. He was unable to maintain the lead he had after the last standing until the finish, but still took Silver medal in his first ever international start. Bourgeois with early start number 16 had penalties in both standing stages. Entering the final lap, he left in third position, and held it, taking the last podium spot.
Mikhail Pervushin: "I was worried before the start, but I'm happy that things turned out as they did. Today I was aiming for clean shooting, but I did not succeed, that upset me, but I had to fight for the win. I feel good on the track, I like it – overall I'm happy" #OTE18 pic.twitter.com/OChQneBcFN— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) February 26, 2018