Elvira Oeberg and Mikhail Pervushin Win Youth Sprints
Elvira Oeberg of Sweden despite one penalty won the youth women’s sprint Gold medal today at the IBU YJWCH in 19:46.7. Later in the day, Mikhail Pervushin of Russia matched Oeberg in the youth men’s sprint by taking his third Gold medal with clean shooting in 20:17.3.
Youth Women’s Sprint
Finland’s Heidi Nikkinen with one penalty finished second, 13.1 seconds behind. Third place went to Oeberg’s clean-shooting teammate Amanda Lundstroem, 16.7 seconds back.
Anastasiia Goreeva of Russia with two penalties finished fourth, 22.9 seconds behind. Tereza Vobornikova of Czech Republic was fifth with one penalty, 27.6 seconds back, while Ukraine’s Khrystyna Dmytrenko with perfect shooting finished sixth, 31.3 seconds behind.
Flying to the Third Win
The youth women’s sprint started the day for 92 competitors battling the wind gusts at the shooting range and the temperature around -10C. Even though the weather conditions today were better than in previous days, only five athletes managed to hit all of the targets. Oeberg also started her competition with clean prone shooting, but standing saw one mistake from the Swede. Still, the penalty loop saw her leaving the stadium in second, just .7 seconds behind Dmytrenko. Flying over the final lap, Oeberg finished in first place, taking her third Gold of these YJWCH.
Unlike Oeberg, Nikkinen had a prone penalty, leaving in only 21st, 30.5 seconds behind the leader. The Finn closed some of the gap before the standing stage and with clean shooting left fifth with the gap down to 14.1 seconds. By the next split, she climbed to second place and kept it until the finish line, taking one more Silver Medal in Otepaa. Lundstroem was perfect on both ranges today, which allowed her to take Bronze medal after the Gold medal in the relay.
Youth Men’s Sprint
Behind Pervushin, the Silver medal went to Tommaso Giacomel of Italy with clean shooting, 21.9 seconds back. Vitezslav Hornig of Czech Republic took the Bronze medal with one penalty, 38.6 seconds behind.
Slovenia’s Alex Cisar with one penalty finished fourth, 44.0 seconds back. Filip Andersen of Norway despite three misses finished fifth, 58.1 seconds behind, while sixth place went to clean-shooting Niklas Hartweg of Switzerland, 59.0 seconds back.
Starting the competition with a late number 88, Russia’s Andrei Viukhin knew his rival's times and to get the win, he just had to shoot clean. He successfully hit all the targets in prone to take the lead, leaving teammate Pervushin 7.1 seconds behind. By standing, the Russian increased his advantage to 19.1 seconds and had the chance to take a second Gold medal in Otepaa. Viukhin started to shoot fast but in the end, managed to hit only one target! Despite four penalties, he still finished seventh!
Early bib 3 Giacomel cleaned both stages leaving in second position for the final lap. He kept that place until the finish line, bringing the first medal to the team Italy in Otepaa. Hornig became the only athlete to have a penalty in top 3. Moreover, after the miss at the standing, he was just fourth, but with a fast last loop, he overcame Cisar, taking a Bronze medal after the relay Silver.