Evgeniya Pavlova and Philipp Nawrath win IBU Cup sprints
Clean-shooting Evgeniya Pavlova of Russia won the women’s sprint at IBU Cup 4 in Osrblie, finishing in 20:53.2. Germany’s Philipp Nawrath, despite two penalties, was fast enough to finish first in the men’s sprint in 24:24.9.
Cadurisch's Swiss teammate Susanna Meinen finished fourth, 8.6 seconds back. Elisabeth Hoegberg of Sweden took fifth place despite two penalties, 14.7 seconds behind, while the winner of the last season’s IBU Cup Total Score Victoria Slivko of Russia was sixth with a penalty, 23.5 seconds back.
The second competition day at IBU Cup 4 started with perfect biathlon conditions: clear skies, low temperatures and no wind at the shooting range. Starting with early start number 4, the IBU rookie from the last season Pavlova, was perfect at both ranges. She left in first after the standing, having a 13.6-second gap over the second place. Despite losing some time on the final lap, the Russian managed to keep her lead and take the win. For Pavlova, who just started her season in Osrblie, this podium became second, after the 2nd place in the short individual.
🇷🇺E.Pavlova, "My international season started just here, at the IBU Cup in Osrblie. For the moment, I still don't feel my best as I discovered that I would go here a little bit late. Therefore, I am for sure glad about my two podiums in two competitions."— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) January 12, 2020
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Unlike Pavlova, Cadurisch started her competition with a prone penalty and only 12th place after the shooting. Her clean standing and great speed moved her up to the second position before the final lap. The Swiss reduced 10 seconds to the leader and was very close to the win, finishing just 3.6 seconds behind Pavlova. Nevertheless, this podium became the first-ever for this experienced Swiss. The young German Voigt, who had a perfect competition today both on the shooting range and on the track, finished third, taking the first podium in her first senior season.
Second place in the men’s competition went to clean-shooting Vitezslav Hornig of Czech Republic, 3.8 seconds back, while another perfect shooter Roman Rees of Germany finished third. 5.4 seconds behind.
Russia’s Semen Suchilov missed the podium by mere .6 seconds, taking fourth place with one penalty. The winner of the short individual Endre Stroemsheim of Norway finished fifth with two penalties, 10.8 seconds behind. Another Russian Vadim Filimonov was sixth with clean shooting, 19.9 seconds back.
First sprint win
Weather conditions which preceded the IBU Cup in Osrblie, made it impossible to prepare the 3.3 km loop needed for the men’s sprint. Therefore, the 2.5 km loop was used instead, meaning that after the prone shooting, athletes had one transit loop, covering 5 km before standing. Starting the sprint with number 19, Nawrath took the lead after the accurate first stage. Two standing penalties saw him dropping to second place but only with a 8.2-second gap from the clean-shooting leader. With great speed on the track, the German easily reduced this time and finished first, taking his first-ever sprint win and second top place of the season.
🇩🇪P.Nawrath, "That is my 1st sprint win and to be honest, I didn't expect to be on the top of the podium with two penalties today. It was difficult to keep the speed on the final loop and I am really happy that I managed to do it."— IBU Cup Biathlon (@IBU_CUP) January 12, 2020
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Czech junior Hornig also started his competition with a perfect prone and a 10-second gap to Nawrath. In standing, unlike the German, he was accurate once again, which saw him move to the top. Young Hornig gave his all on the final lap, but could not hold the advantage over the more experienced Nawrath, finishing second, nevertheless, taking his first senior podium. Early bib 4 Rees, matched his perfect shooting and second place he had in the short individual, taking his second podium at IBU Cup 4.
Photo: Igor Stancik