Cisar Dominates Pursuit, Winning Second Gold Medal; Baserga Wins For Switzerland
The youth pursuit competitions were held in difficult, wet conditions yet the youngest athletes put in great efforts with Alex Cisar winning third youth medal for Slovenia in the youth men's pursuit, with one penalty in 27:59.7. Remi Broutier of France won the Silver medal, with one penalty, 59.6 seconds back. The Bronze medal went to Norway's Vetle Paulsen, with three penalties, 1:43.1 back.
Amy Baserga did for Switzerland won the youth women's pursuit in the same demanding conditions, with two penalties in 24:15.6. Clean-shooting Tereza Vobornikova of Czech Republic, moving up from 11th at the start, won the Silver medal, 8.2 seconds back. Norway's Maren Bakken with three penalties wont the Bronze medal, 13.8 seconds back.
Cisar: a Star In A Making
Cisar, l at the tender age of eighteen showcased his athletic talent and the psyche of a great champion today. Not once was his second Gold medal really questioned, leading from wire-to-wire, building up his lead through the first three laps; then missing at the last standing. That miss upset him mightily. “Of course I am happy with the Gold medal but also cross with myself for missing once at the last shooting. I should have avoided that. All in all I managed to stay focus on my and my race only, blocking the noise out. I was expecting to perform at such high level, after relay I started feeling the strength in my legs coming back.”
The Silver medalist Broutier who had a first prone penalty, was third after the second prone; then jumping to second after the first standing stage. He fought his way up from eighth in the sprint to the podium.
Individual world Champion Niklas Hartweg of Switzerland finished sixth.
Baserga Leveraged Her Sprint Success
Baserga started her pursuit 25 seconds behind sprint Gold medalist Bakken. Shooting clean twice in prone she took the lead, missed twice in the first standing slipping behind Anne De Besche of Norway. “I was upset after double miss at the first standing shooting. Then I realized I didn’t loose too much ground to De Besche. I kept my nerves in check at the last shooting and then my brain told me to forget about everything and just run and push to the limit. A Gold medal at the IBU Youth World Championships is a fantastic achievement!”
Vobornikova fought her way to the Silver medal from back in the pack while Bakken lost two places taking the Bronze, her third medal of the Championships.
Individual world champion Ukaleq Astri Slettemark of Greenland finished fourth.