Dorothea Wierer victorious in Hochfilzen Sprint
One missed shot in prone was not enough to stop Italy’s Dorothea Wierer from taking her second consecutive sprint win this afternoon at BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen. The Yellow Bib followed up the prone error with a perfect standing stage and a fast last loop for a 21:26.5 victory. Norway’s Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold shot clean but finished second, 5.9 seconds back. Russia’s Svetlana Mironova, with one penalty finished third with her first-ever World Cup podium, 18.3 seconds back.
The winner admitted that today felt, “Strange…You know, I was sure after the prone shooting, I was sure the race was over, because I felt really strange on the track. I did not know if it was good or bad. Finally I was just concentrating on my standing shooting, hit them and it works really good.”
Paulina Fialkova of Slovakia, after missing most of the competitions last week with an injury came back to shoot clean in fourth place, 22.1 seconds back. Sweden’s Hanna Oeberg finished fifth, with one penalty, 245.3 seconds back. Sixth went to Lucie Charvátová of Czech Republic, also with one penalty, 29.3 seconds back.
Overcast Wintery Day
The heavy snow of yesterday was gone by the time the women’s sprint started, leaving overcast skies, a wintery minus 3C temperature, and a breezy shooting range, moving the flags in several directions at once.
Mironova on Top
Bib number 1 Valja Semerenko stayed held that position right from the start, cleaning the prone stage quickly. Semerenko’s prone lead lasted about 15 minutes until Mironova matched and took over. Wierer closed the first four targets with ease, but missed the last shot, putting her at a 20 second disadvantage. Oeberg was up next and with an efficient clean stage to move into third after prone, just 3 seconds behind the Russian.
Calm and Focused Wierer
Semerenko followed up her early prone perfection with another 5-for-5 in standing, but soon fell from the top group. Charvátová, after missing a shot in prone, cleaned the standing stage, to put her close to the podium. Although missing the last shot, Mironova took the lead after skiing the second loop faster than her closest rivals. That lasted until the Yellow Bib, looking calm and focused went 5-for-5, to overcome the prone miss and move into first position, with Tandrevold who cleaned prone matching the Italian, but leaving 3.8 seconds back.,
Sprint Win Number Two
The 25-year-old Russian went into the last loop with 8.5 seconds over her closest rivals. Wierer picked up the pace as soon as she left the stadium, taking a 10 second lead on Mironova. Tandrevold tried to close on the Wierer in the last 2.5 km, coming to within a second at one point, but then falling back. The Yellow Bib prevailed for her second sprint win of the season, with Tandrevold moving ahead of the Russian for the second step on the podium.
Last Loop Pressure
Mironova heard from the coaches after standing that she was in the lead. “I knew that Dorothea and Ingrid were behind me and I knew they would pressure me on the last lap. Unfortunately I could not make it to first, but I am happy with my third place.”
Tandrevold commented on building the consistency that led to her third career podium today. “I am trying not to overcomplicate things, because I have a tendency to shoot well in training and in competition I do something else. I try to think about shooting like in training and do the same in competition.”
Photos: Evgeny Tumashov