Slivko and Loginov Take IBU Cup Sprints
Clean-shooting Victoria Slivko of Russia won the IBU Cup women’s sprint this morning, claiming the title in 25:14.9. In the afternoon, Alexander Loginov doubled-up for the Russian team by taking the men’s sprint in 25:31.2 with no penalties.
Slivko’s teammate Anastasia Zagoruiko despite two penalties finished second, 20.0 seconds back. Third place went to France’s Enora Latuilliere, who also missed twice, 23.1 seconds back.
Karin Oberhofer of Italy finished fourth with one penalty, 30.4 seconds back. A third Russian Svetlana Mironova went for three penalty loops but still finished fifth, 33.9 seconds behind. Sixth went to Lucie Charvátová of Czech Republic with a single penalty, 35.8 seconds back.
Last Start Number
After a snowy night, the first competition day at the IBU Cup 6 in Martell kicked off with 62 starters in the women’s sprint.. With a clean prone stage, early starter 15 Latuilliere, took the lead after the first shooting. She missed two times in standing and dropped to sixth, while last start number 68 Slivko became the leader with two clean stages. Slivko left for the last loop with a 23.4 second-advantage over second place Charvátová and finished first. Her teammate Zagoruiko had a penalty in each stage and left the standing just in ninth position, 43.3 seconds behind the leader. With incredible speed on the last loop, where others, on the contrary, were losing time, Zagoruiko moved to fifth by the next split and crossed the finish line in second, regaining more than 20 seconds! Latuilliere was also fast on the final leg and moved to third place at the finish.
Russia’s Daria Virolaynen missed three times in prone, but went for four penalty loops. This mistake possibly cost her a podium spot. She finished ninth, 42.9 seconds back.
Slivko, "Because of the altitude the track is very tough here and I felt it today. First two laps were good, but on the last one it was hard and all I was thinking about was just to reach the finish line."#IBU_Cup pic.twitter.com/aTxjN6DqRa— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) February 2, 2018
With two OECH medals, Slivko was happy to be on the podium again, admitting that she likes Ridnaun and Martell. “I like these places and those tracks despite the altitude, I always have a good mood here with those beautiful mountains and sun. From the first time I started to compete here, those places became successful for me, I always show good results here.”
Second place in the men’s sprint went to Norway’s Fredrik Gjesbakk with one penalty, 1:12.8 behind. Simon Fourcade of France finished third with one mistake, 1:20.2 back.
Another Russian Alexey Volkov cleaned both stages but missed the podium by one second, 1:21.5 behind. His teammate Dmitry Malyshko missed twice on the way to fifth place, 1:24.9 back. Newly crowned OECH Champion Felix Leitner of Austria finished sixth with one penalty, 1:26.1 behind.
In the afternoon, with the sun filling the stadium, under the same calm conditions at the shooting range, 86 athletes stepped on the track to battle for the medals in the men’s sprint. Loginov, who usually feels good at high altitude, went ahead in the first meters and continued increasing his lead until the finish line. Clean shooting and great speed allowed him to claim a very comfortable win, giving him a big advantage in tomorrow’s pursuit.
Matching Each Other
After missing once in prone, Gjesbakk left the stadium only in 25th position, 44.3 seconds behind Loginov. With a perfect standing stage and mistakes from the other athletes, the Norwegian moved to third, leaving 2 seconds behind Volkov in second. By the next split, Gjesbakk passed his rival, securing the Silver. Fourcade matched Gjesbakk with one penalty in prone but 47 seconds back. After hitting all the standing targets, Fourcade left .8 seconds behind the Norwegian, eventually finishing behind him.
Loginov, "I know this track, we’ve been here few times, but still, because of the altitude, it is hard to compete here. In general, I am glad about the win because I am still a little bit sick, so glad that could show good result." pic.twitter.com/iBsrDXmCPK— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) February 2, 2018