IBU YJWCH: Youth Pursuit Titles, Second Gold Medals, for Emilien Claude, Irene Lardschneider
*France’s Emilien Claude, despite four penalties led from wire-to-wire to win his second Gold medal in this morning’s Youth Pursuit. His time of 29:22.4 was 16 seconds ahead of Silver medalist Cedric Christille of Italy, with two penalties. Italy’s Irene Lardschneider, with four penalties, matched Claude with an equally impressive wire-to-wire victory in the Youth Women’s 7.5K pursuit and her second Gold medal in 26:57.1.
Youth Men Pursuit
The Bronze medal went to Danilo Riethmueller of Germany, with four penalties, 30.7 seconds back. Said Khalili of Russia, with four penalties finished fourth in a photo finish with fifth placer Tuomas Harjula of Finland, with three penalties, both 52,6 seconds back. Sixth went to Sivert Guttorm Bakken of Norway, with seven penalties, 57 seconds back.
Sunday was pursuit day, with four pursuits on the schedule, starting with the Youth Men. After two very windy and changeable days, the wind flags were resting today, with just a light breeze on the range.
Claude held his lead through the first loop, but with single penalty still had a37 second gap on Christille, who cleaned quite quickly. The second prone saw the Sprint Champion add another penalty loop, while Christille and Telen cleaned again; now moving to within 14 seconds of the lead. Claude cleaned the first standing with ease as the Italian picked up his first penalty; the leader was now comfortably 36 seconds up on second place. Harjula, with one penalty had moved up from 11th and was challenging for the podium, but 52 seconds back. In the last standing, Claude had two penalties, but was on the loop before anyone else shot; remaining unchallenged Christille missed just his first shot, but remained 19.9 seconds back. The Gold and Silver medals were decided; Riethmueller moved from fourth to third, with a 10 second cushion as he headed into the last loop.
Claude was elated, “I am very happy; this is a big accomplishment for me.” Christille, with a big smile added, “I tried to catch him, but the shooting was very hard. Still, I am very happy to win the Silver medal.”
Youth Women’s 7.5K Pursuit
Lou Laurent Jeanmonnot, the Youth Women’s individual Gold medalist, with one penalty, won the Silver medal, 24.4 seconds back. Samuela Comola of Italy, with two penalties, won her second Bronze medal, 1:08.5 back. Chloe Levins of the USA, with two penalties, finished fourth, 1:55.5 back, while Krystyna Dmytrenko of Ukraine was fifth, with four penalties, 2:02.3 back. Sixth went to Maja Keranen of Finland, with two penalties, 2:10.4 back.
Big Lead; Gold Number Two
Lardschneider started with a 1:07 lead; she was almost on the shooting range as the last of the 60 starters left the stadium. She cleaned the first prone slowly. Starter number 7 Johansen also cleaned but was 1:28 back. The young Italian was within 50meters of lapping the last starters by the second prone stage, which she cleaned with ease. Johansen had a penalty while Jeanmonnot cleaned to move into second, 1:36 back with the Norwegian another 14 seconds behind. In the next loop, Lardschneider lapped numerous competitors. She had two standing penalties in the first standing, but left with a lead of 1:13 over her French rival and Milena Todorova, both with single penalties. Two penalties in the final standing cut the Italian’s lead to 20.7 seconds, but Gold medal number two was secure with Jeanmonnot solidly in the Silver spot. Sprint Bronze medalist Comola cleaned the last standing to move up past the Bulgarian to claim her second Bronze of the week.
Time to Think
Lardschneider admitted her win was harder than it looked. “I never led an international race like this before…I was really nervous at the last standing. Being alone, I had all of that time to think; if I cleaned I would win, if I miss…But I only had two penalties and it was okay…I never expected to win two Gold medals and never expected to be on the podium with my roommate again today.”
With the Youth relays on Monday, Comola added, “I hope I have some energy left; after that maybe we can party.”