Ekaterina Glazyrina and Endre Stroemsheim take IBU Cup short individuals
Clean-shooting Ekaterina Glazyrina of Russia took the women's 12.5 km short individual at IBU Cup 4 in Osrblie, finishing in 36:19.8. Later in the day, another perfect shooter Norway’s Endre Stroemsheim won the men’s short individual in 36:29.9.
Women’s short individual
Second place, behind Glazyrina, went to her teammate Evgeniya Pavlova, who was also perfect at the shooting range, 37.5 seconds back. Alexia Runggaldier collected an extra 45 seconds on her way to third place, 40.6 seconds back.
Emma Nilsson of Sweden missed the podium by less than 2 seconds, 42.4 seconds back Germany’s Karolin Horchler finished fifth with two penalties, 1:01.7 back, while Deedra Irwin of the USA finished sixth with the same shooting result, 1:40.4 behind.
IBU Cup 4 kicked off today in with the women's short individual competition under very comfortable conditions: calm wind, sunny skies and the temperature around -2C. Taking the lead after the first prone, Glazyrina dropped to second place only once, after the first standing. The next clean bout saw her move back to the top with an 18.5 seconds advantage over her closest rival. A final accurate standing increased her lead, which the Russian securely kept until the finish line, taking her fourth podium of the season.
🇷🇺E.Glazyrina, "The competition went very well for me both on the track and on the range. For the first time in the season, I finally managed to clean all 20 targets and I am really glad about that."— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) January 10, 2020
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Pavlova, who started the competition behind her teammate, knew Glazyrina’s result but despite the same perfect shooting could not match her on the track. For the final lap, she left in second position with a 12-second gap over third and managed to keep it until the finish, taking the podium in the first season’s competition. Early bib 16 Runggaldier, who was third in the last competition,the mass start 60 in Ridnaun, could not match her previous perfect 20/20 but even despite extra 45 seconds, was fast enough to add another third place to her resume.
Men’s short individual
In the men’s competition, second place went to Roman Rees of Germany who was perfect at the shooting range, crossing the finish the line 57.3 seconds behind the leader. Kirill Streltsov of Russia finished third with one penalty, 1:19.5 back.
Sindre Pettersen of Norway finished fourth despite two misses, while his teammate Sivert Guttorm Bakken shared 4th place with one penalty, 1:40.8 behind. Adam Vaclavik of Czech Republic was sixth with two penalties, 1:49.6 back.
First-ever clean shooting
Starting the competition with bib number 1, Streltsov set the bar high for his rivals. He collected an extra 45 seconds in the first standing stage but his speed on the track was good enough to keep the top place. The Russian kept the leading position at th finish until number 52 Stroemsheim crossed the line with more than a minute advantage.
The young Norwegian left in first after prone, increasing his lead during the rest of the competition. With the perfect shooting in the rest of the bouts and fast speed on the track, his position was unreachable for the rest of the field. After crossing the line with a confident lead, Stroemsheim was just one happy guy with a wide smile on his face.
🇳🇴E.Stroemsheim, "It was my first time to shoot clean ever, so after the final standing, I was smiling all the way until the finish. It was good to cross the line and just cheer!" 😀— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) January 10, 2020
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While Stroemsheim was celebrating his victory, the battle for the rest of the podium spots continued. After the third stage, clean-shooting Rees with late number 72, left the stadium in fourth. Nevertheless, the final standing, where he was perfect once again, saw him move up to second. Giving his all on the final lap, he kept the position, taking his third podium in the last two IBU Cups.
Photos: Igor Stancik