Kamila Zuk and Vasilii Tomshin Win Junior Sprint Gold Medals
Kamila Zuk of Poland took her second Gold medal at the IBU YJWCH by winning the junior women’s sprint with one penalty in 22:32.5. Later in the day, Vasilii Tomshin of Russia won the Gold medal in the junior men’s sprint with clean shooting in 25:01.8.
Junior Women’s Sprint
The Silver medal went to Marketa Davidova of Czech Republic with two penalties, 26 seconds behind. France’s Myrtille Begue shot clean to take the Bronze medal, 52 seconds back.
Valeria Vasnetcova of Russia finished fourth with two penalties, 1:22 behind. Fifth place went to Urska Poje of Slovenia with one miss, 1:25 back. Vasnetscova's teammate Emma Timerbulatova with one penalty finished sixth, 1:30.2 behind.
The penultimate competition day at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships with better weather conditions than in the previous days started with the junior women's sprint. Seventy-two athletes competed under the bright skies, the temperature around -6C and light winds at the shooting range.
Davidova and Zuk set a high bar for other competitors from the beginning prone stage. They left in first and second positions with a 19.8 seconds apart. It was obvious that even if they missed one or two times, with the speed both had today, no one would challenge them in the battle for the top spots. Zuk, who started the competition few minutes before her Czech rival, came to standing first, increasing her advantage from 15 to 35 seconds. The Polish biathlete started her shooting with a miss; then hitting other four targets. Now the fate of the Gold medal was in Davidova’s hands, but she missed twice, leaving the stadium in second, 15.1 seconds behind Zuk.
Dreams Come True
Unlike her rivals, Begue was accurate in both stages, but slower on the tracks. Still, her speed allowed her to keep the third position she had after prone and standing until the finish line. Begue took the Bronze medal, matching last her third place in the junior women’s sprint at the 2017 IBU YJWCH.
After the finish, Zuk was tired, but very happy. “Now I have two Gold medals and I still cannot it. Before the World Championships, I dreamt about it and now dreams come true.”
Despite finishing 24th, Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent of France secured first place in the women’s IBU Junior Cup Sprint Score, taking a small crystal Globe for the seasonal title.
Junior Men’s Sprint
Behind Tomshin, France’s Martin Perrillat Bottonet won the Silver medal with one penalty, 20.5 seconds behind. the Bronze medal despite two misses went to Sverre Dahlen Aspenes of Norway, 29.4 seconds back.
Another Norwegian Sturla Holm Laegreid matched Aspenes on the shooting range but finished fourth, 42.1 seconds back. His teammate Johannes Dale finished fifth with three penalties, 43.7 seconds behind, while Dzmitry Lazouski of Belarus was sixth with one miss, 47.4 seconds back.
After the first shooting, where France’s Emilien Claude was a leader, Aspenes was second, Tomshin third and Perrillat with one penalty left in 8th, 32.1 seconds behind. While his rivals were making mistakes on the shooting range, the Russian easily cleaned the second stage and left with a 19.9 second lead over second place Perrillat.
Aspenes, in his first start at Otepa, left standing in fifth with a 7 second gap to third. Until the next split point, he still had the same position with the same time but he literally flew over the last kilometer, moving to third at the finish and taking his first international medal.
Tomshin, who won his second Gold medal at these YJWCH commented, “We have a really strong team with many powerful guys, but today it was my day. I am very happy to win and glad that I managed to shot clean.”
By finishing second, Perrillat confidently won in the men’s IBU Junior Sprint Score, bringing the second small Globe to his team.