Nevland and Gandler win youth pursuits

Nevland and Gandler win youth pursuits

Martin Nevland of Norway and Anna Gandler of Austria won gold medals at today’s youth pursuits at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Nevland of Norway won the youth men's pursuit, his third gold medal at this year’s IBU Y/J WCH with a single penalty, finishing in 26:28.Ondrej Manek of Czech Republic,shot clean, adding a second silver medal to match the one he won in the sprint, 25.4 seconds back. Lovro Planko of Slovenia, with three penalties started 8th but won the bronze medal, 52 seconds back.

Nevland and Gandler win youth pursuits

Top cross-country skier

Nevland, an skier who often competes in cross-country competitions in Norway and can challenge the best specialists on any day, had one penalty in the first prone. After that, he competed with great attention to the detail since he was up against Manek, an excellent shot, who was perfect today.. Nevland took the lead after second prone stage and never let go . Planko missed one shot in the first prone and two in the second prone; then shooting 10/10 in standing to claim the bronze medal.

Nevland and Gandler win youth pursuits

Gandler keeps her act together for gold

Gandler who fought-off a cold during the Championships entered the last standing stage in third and then held her nerves completely in check while the leader at that time Linda Zingerle of Italy and Alena Mokhova of Russia missed one and two shots respectively. Gandler had a single penalty in her 22:01.2 gold medal effort. Camille coupe of France, the fastest skier in the competition moved up from 8th at the start had a single penalty, to win the silver medal , a mere 1.2 seconds back. Camille Coupe of France, the fastest skier in the competition moved up from eighth, with a single penalty to win the silver medal, a mere 1.5 seconds back. Sprint fold medalist Zingerle, with three penalties won the bronze medal, 15 seconds back.

Nevland and Gandler win youth pursuits

Zingerle's bronze medal gave her a full set of IBU Y/J WCH medals this year.

Photos: Evgeny Thumashov

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