Germany Dominates Pursuits at the IBU JOECH
Germany’s Julian Hollandt, starting from 10th position, shot well throughout the competition with, just two penalties altogether to win the IBU JOECH Pursuit Gold medal in 36:23.5. Third after the first standing shooting, Hollandt shot clean in last standing, taking the lead from Norway’s Sivert Guttorm Bakken, who won the Silver medal, with six penalties, 14.8 seconds back. Hollandt's teammate Tim Grotian claimed the Bronze medal, also with six penalties, 22.1 seconds back.
Yesterday’s Sprint Bronze medalist Juliane Fruehwirt, with three penalties, rose two spots to win the women's Gold medal in 32:14.8. Her teammate Hanna Kebinger, starting ninth had a great competition with just four penalties to win the Silver medal, 10.7 seconds back. Anastasiia Kaisheva of Russia rose from seventh yesterday to the Bronze medal today, with four penalties, 21.8 seconds back.
Windy conditions complicate the men’s pursuit
Gold medalist Hollandt, with the best shooting of the day was satisfied. “It was not easy to shoot clean at the first shootings, but still possible. At my first standing shooting I got two penalties, but it was okay because the others ahead also shot penalties. On my last shooting I had a little bit of luck, the wind was not that strong and I was able to shoot clean. My plan was to stay in the top 10 and I’m happy. This is the perfect way to end the IBU Junior Cup season.”
Leading until the last shooting, Bakken admitted that the conditions were not easy. “It was pretty hard conditions in the shooting range. I had too many mistakes in total.” Still, the Silver medalist was happy with the IBU JOECH. “The worst result I have is fourth, so that’s pretty good.”
Today's Bronze medal was enough for Grotian to secure the IBU Junior Cup Total Score. With a big smile on his face he said, “This is unbelievable. This has been such a great week. My skiing shape is very good and shooting was very good this week. I have never shot so good before.” On winning the Globe, he added, “The Globe means a lot to me. It is a great thing to hold this cup in my hands."
Russia’s Said Karimulla Khalili who finished 10th today wins the IBU Junior Cup Pursuit Globe.
Finland’s Jaakko Ranta with three penalties, jumped from 23rd to fourth, 57 seconds back. Magnus Oberhauser of Austria with six penalties, finished fifth, 1:29.5 back. Sixth place today went to Ukraine's Bogdan Tsymbal, with six penalties, 1:49 back.
The first-ever Junior Men' Nations Cup Globe went to Germany.
1-2 Finish for Germany
After feeling ill yesterday, starting was again a close call for Fruehwirt. “I wanted to quit several times, but my teammates and coach said that you need to try and that you have the strength in your body and in the end I made it. I don’t know how,” commented the IBU Junior European Champion. After great season, Fruehwirt was happy with the results. “I’m overwhelmed. I can’t imagine what has happened this last season.”
“I’m really happy with my race, but three misses on the third shooting were really annoying. It is too much in the pursuit,” Kebinger commented after today’s competition. Winning the Silver today and the IBU Junior Cup Pursuit Score, Kebinger also won the IBU Junior Cup Total Score. “I couldn’t be happier right now. It means a lot to me, it is an honor to hold these two globes in my hand.”
“I am happy with the result. I tried not to focus too much on the wind, but I was always cautious and I managed to do it pretty well I think,” commented the Bronze medalist Kaisheva.
Yesterday’s winner Camille Bened of France, with five penalty loops finished fourth 37 seconds back. Also five penalties for Germany’s Hanna-Michelle Hermann, also with five penalties was fifth 37.4 seconds back in fifth place. Russia’s Anastasiia Goreeva, with seven penalties, finished sixth, 51.2 seconds back.
With great performances throughout the season, Germany also won the IBU Junior Cup Women's Nation Cup Globe.