Anastasiia Goreeva and Andrei Viukhin Win Youth Pursuit Gold Medals
Anastasiia Goreeva of Russia took the Gold medal in the youth women’s pursuit at the IBU YJWCH this morning despite three penalties in 24:24.0, while her teammate Andrei Viukhin won in the youth men’s pursuit gold medal with four penalties in 29:31.2.
Youth Women’s Pursuit
The Silver medal went to Germany’s Franziska Pfnuer with one penalty, 17.5 seconds back. Amy Baserga of Switzerland won the Bronze medal with two penalties, 29.0 seconds behind.
Fourth place went to bib 10 Ukaleq Astri Slettemark of Greenland with one penalty, 38.4 seconds back. The winner of the youth women’s sprint Elvira Oeberg of Sweden finished fifth with four penalties, 42.8 seconds behind. Norway’s Marthe Krakstad finished sixth with two penalties, 45.4 seconds back.
Last Competition Day
The last competition day at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships kicked off with the youth women’s pursuit under the bright skies, chilly -9C and light winds at the shooting range. Leaving the starting gate with a 13 second advantage over the field, Oeberg lost her lead after the first prone after a penalty. Clean-shooting Goreeva with bib 4, moved to the top and was followed by Oeberg 13 seconds later. At the second prone, while her rivals were only preparing to shoot, the Russian hit all five targets, increasing the lead to 21 seconds over the two Swedes who also shot perfectly.
Fourth Place For Greenland
On the next lap, Goreeva was faster than the rivals and had enough time to cover a penalty she had after the third shooting. While the Russian was leaving the stadium, Oeberg missed three times, dropping to the 8th. Johansen with bib 9 and one penalty after the first prone, climbed to second, 49.0 seconds back, while start number 16 Baserga, also with one mistake, left in third, 52.8 seconds behind.
At the final standing, Goreeva missed twice, giving the other girls a chance to top her. No one used that opportunity, letting the Russian to leave in first. Bib 14 Pfnuer with only one penalty moved to the second, while Johansen followed her in third in 15 seconds behind. On the last lap, there was a battle for the Bronze medal between three athletes who left the stadium within 5 seconds. Baserga, who started the competition 16th, proved to be faster, leaving Slettemark in fourth and the Norwegian in fifth.
Russia Sweeps Youth Men’s Pursuit
Behind Viukhin, the Silver and Bronze medals in the youth men’s pursuit went to his teammates. Mikhail Pervushin finished second with four penalties, 16.8 seconds behind, while Aleksei Ogorelkov became third with two mistakes, 1:12.1 back.
Fourth went to Filip Andersen of Norway with six penalties, 1:14.3 behind. France’s bib 14 Martin Bourgeois Republique finished fifth with two penalties, 1:17.0 back. The Silver medalist in the youth men’s sprint Tommaso Giacomel of Italy missed eight times and became sixth, 2:27 behind.
Just 30 minutes after the youth women finished their competition, the youth men stepped on the track to battle for the last youth category medals at these YJWCH. Pervushin started the pursuit 21 seconds ahead of his rivals. Increasing his lead up to 30 seconds before the first prone, the Russian had enough time to cover a penalty loop, especially with his rivals also making mistakes. After the first prone, Pervushin was followed by teammate Viukhin 42.8 seconds back and Andersen in 50.9 seconds behind, both with one penalty. The second prone saw clean shooting by Pervushin, while the fast Viukhin had another penalty, and left 46.9 seconds behind. Ogorelkov with perfect shooting climbed to third and was followed by Andersen with two mistakes 3 seconds later.
Coming to the first standing with a confident lead, Pervushin missed twice. Now, with one more penalty, Viukhin moved closer to his teammate just .5 seconds back. Ogorelkov, the only athlete to hit 15 out of 15, followed them 11.6 seconds behind; other athletes had more than a minute gap from the Russian trio. In the final standing, Viukhin shot fast but missed once; Pervushin matched him, also going for one penalty and leaving 6.3 seconds behind. While his teammates left the stadium, Ogorelkov missed twice. Now, the distance between him and Bourgeios was only 7 seconds. With a battle on the final lap, the Russian held his third place, bringing his team its fourth medal of the day.