Philipp Nawrath and Svetlana Mironova, Victors in IBU Cup Pursuits
Philipp Nawrath of Germany won the men’s pursuit at IBU Cup 1 in Idre with a single penalty, finishing in 35:43.9. In the afternoon, Russia’s Svetlana Mironova claimed the win in the women’s pursuit with three penalties in 32:57.0.
Behind Nawrath, second place went to Russia’s Alexander Povarnitsyn who matched his bib 4 with four penalties at the shooting range, 8.3 seconds back. French junior Martin Perrillat Bottonet unexpectedly took the last podium spot with one miss, 12.6 seconds back.
Nawrath's teammate Roman Rees finished fourth with four penalties, 14.4 seconds behind, while his teammate, yesterday’s second place finisher Dominic Reiter, was fifth with three penalties, 17.3 seconds back. Russia’s Sergey Korastylev, who was leading after the third shooting stage despite one miss, added two more penalties at the last standing stage. For the final lap, he left in second, but could not keep podium position, finishing only sixth, 24.4 seconds behind.
An exciting men’s pursuit took place today in the foggy, windy Idre with the leaders changing after each shooting stage. While the sprint winner bib 1 Aristide Begue of France collected two penalties in the first prone, clean-shooting Povarnitsyn, Germany’s Justus Strelow and Reiter left together within 2 seconds. They kept their leading positions after the second clean prone but the first standing saw a big change. The Russian went for three penalty loops while his teammate Korastylev left in first, followed by Begue with three misses in 15 seconds. At the final standing, where everyone had penalties, bib 11 Nawrath took advantage of that, cleaning and left his rivals to circle the penalty loop.
P.Nawrath, "I am very glad that in these windy conditions I managed to shoot so good, only one penalty is a great result! When I left for the final lap, I did not know how far the others were as many of them still were on the penalty loop." #IBU_Cup— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) December 2, 2018
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While Povarnitsyn was in the contention for the medals during the whole competition, bib 15 Perrillat Bottonet, the winner if the IBU Cup Junior Total Score last season, was moving up in the standing step by step. He had a single miss in the first standing and left fifth after the final standing. At the last split, he was still 5th with a 6 second gap to third place Korastylev. Nevertheless, the young French showed a great power at the final meters, overtaking rivals and winning his first senior medal.
In the women’s pursuit, second place went to the winner of the first sprint, Ingela Andersson of Sweden with three misses, 17.6 seconds back. Mironova's teammate Anastasiia Morozova took the third place with four penalties, 21.7 seconds behind.
One of the home favorites, bib 1 Elisabeth Hoegberg had too many shooting range errors today to make it to the podium again. With eight total penalties, she finished fourth, 32.3 seconds behind the leader and 3.1 seconds ahead of the teammate Johanna Skottheim who climbed from 14th position to fifth with three penalties. French junior Lou Jeanmonnot Laurent, the winner of the IBU Junior Cup overall last season, showcased the best shooting, with a single penalty moved from the 16th at the start to the 6th at the finish.
With a steady wind blowing at the stadium, the women lined up for the last competition at IBU Cup 1. Nadine Horchler of Germany who finished second yesterday, went to Pokljuka, giving her rivals a chance to battle for the podium. Having a confident lead from the start, Hoegberg stayed in first position until the final standing despite four collected penalties. The final shooting stage saw the Swedish athlete missing four times, while Morozova, who came in second, missed three times. Bib 7 Mironova and bib 13 Andersson took full advantage of the situation and with one penalty each, they left the stadium in the first and second positions.
S.Mironova, "I felt pretty relaxed today and was trying not to think about anything. When I was leaving for the final lap after a penalty, I saw where the other girls were and knew that I am not going to give away my win!"— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) December 2, 2018
Mironova displayed great track speed; she finished in first, without giving Andersson a chance to catch her. Swede finished second, while Morozva claimed the last spot on the podium, matching her third position in the first sprint competition.
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