Super Sprint Wins to Sindre Pettersen and Felicia Lindqvist
Sindre Pettersen of Norway won the super sprint at IBU Cup 3 despite a penalty loop and two spare rounds in 13:53.4. In the women’s competition, Felicia Lindqvist of Sweden finished first with a single spare in 15:49.9.
The men started the second competition day in Obertilliach with the 3K super sprint qualification, where Norway’s Sivert Guttorm Bakken finished first in 8:12.5. Justus Strelow of Germany was second, 1.0 second behind, while another junior Italy’s Patrick Braunhofer finished third, 1.4 seconds back.
In the women’s qualification, Ingela Andersson of Sweden used one spare to finish first in 9:21.0; she was followed by her clean-shooting teammate Elisabeth Hoegberg, 1.8 seconds back, while Austria’s Dunja Zdouc matched Hoegberg at the shooting range, finishing with the same time.
Super Sprint Men
In the men’s super sprint final, second place went to Austria’s clean-shooting Lorenz Waeger, 4.9 seconds behind, while Italy’s junior Daniele Cappellari was third with three spare rounds, 5.1 seconds back.
🇦🇹Lorenz Waeger matched his last season's super sprint Silver by finishing second today. Wearing bib 28 and shooting clean in both competitions, he became the only athlete to take a medal in the first two ever super sprints!#IBU_Cup #fact #lucky28— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) December 21, 2018
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Fourth went to Haavard Gutuboe Bogetveit of Norway, 8.7 seconds behind, Germany’s Lucas Fratzscher finished fifth, 10.6 seconds back, the winner of the qualification Bakken became sixth, 11.5 seconds behind.
Fall at the Finish
In the afternoon, the 30 best men from the qualification started simultaneously in the final to compete for the first set of medals over a distance of 5K. With a perfect shooting at every stage, Tobias Arwidson of Sweden was leading after the first three ranges and left only .5 seconds behind Waeger after the final standing. Nevertheless, the Swede was slower than his rivals, crossing the finish line just in 10th, 14.5 seconds back. While the Austrian left in first after the last standing, Pettersen, despite a penalty at the third range, left in third .7 seconds behind; Cappellari had a 3.2-second gap and Sergey Bocharnikov of Belarus was in fifth, 4.4 seconds back.
On the final loop, Pettersen proved to be the strongest, overtaking the rivals and taking his first individual senior win. At the same time, the battle for the second and third places went until the finish line. Seemed that experienced Bocharnikov would take the Silver, but just a few meters before the finish he fell down, losing a chance to stay on the podium. Waeger and Cappellari passed the Belarussian, finishing .2 seconds apart.
S.Pettersen, “The most fun today was the last lap. I was third when we left the stadium and crossed the finish line in first, so it was awesome.”— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) December 21, 2018
Super Sprint Women
Behind Lindqvist, her teammate Hoegberg finished second with a penalty loop and two spares, 1.7 seconds behind. Norway’s Karoline Offigstad Knotten on her way to the third place had two penalties and used one spare, 14.3 seconds back.
Fourth place went to another Swede, the winner of the qualification Andersson, 17.5 seconds behind, Russia’s Irina Kazakevich finished fifth, 18.1 seconds back, while her teammate Victoria Slivko was sixth, 18.4 seconds behind.
Change of Leaders
Unlike the men’s final, in the women’s competition, the leader changed after each shooting stage. After the last standing, despite a penalty at the first prone, Hoegberg left in first. She was followed by Lindqvist in 6.9 seconds and Knotten, who had to visit a penalty loop twice at the first shooting, in 9.8 seconds back. On the final lap, Lindqvist was just impressively fast, only reducing the gap from the teammate but overcoming her on the finish line. This medal became the first-ever for the Swede.
After the finish, Lindqvist was one happy girl, admitting, “I am so happy now, I do not have words, only the tears in my eyes.” She also added, “The shooting is the most important in the super sprint, so I tried to stay calm and have fun. At the final stage I knew that many people would miss and if I clean all targets, I would have a good chance for a podium.”
Photos: IBU/Stefan Adelsberger