Shevchenko and Riethmueller win junior pursuit gold
Danilo Riethmueller of Germany and Anastasia Shevchenko of Russia won junior pursuit gold medals in the last competitions at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Riethmueller had the best skis in the final sprint taking the gold medal in 35:34.2, despite three penalties. He outsprinted Said Karimulla Khalili of Russia who won the silver medal, with five penalties, just .6 seconds back. Alex Cisar of Slovenia won the bronze medal, with one penalty, 1.2 seconds back.
Riethmueller started from seventh position and missed once in the first prone and twice in the first standing, moving to sixth, eighth and finally third position before the last loop where he had the fastest skis. Khalili with five penalty loops was 28.0 seconds faster on the tracks than Riethmueller ( 20.0 seconds faster than the second fastest today, his teammate Daniil Serokhvostov).Khalili's skiing skiing kept him in the contest for the medals. Cisar's one penalty cam in the first prone. He moved from eleventh to ninth to fourth before the last loop. His medal today completed a successful transition from the youth ranks where he won two gold medals last year in Osrblie.
The winner of men’s sprint Vebjoern Soerum had five penalties and fell on the tracks, costing valuable time and energy that kept him from the podium; he finished sixth, 23 seconds back.
Shevchenko’s perfect race
Shevchenko started today’s pursuit 41 seconds ahead of Aasne Skrede of Norway and 48seconds of Milena Todorova of Bulgaria and did not budge for a moment on her way through another perfect shooting day, claiming the gold medal in 30:45.7 She kept her composure in all four shooting bouts and had enough time to finish the competition with a Russian flag in her hand.
Skrede slipped out of second place only after a penalty loop in the second prone stage, he r only penalty of the day to win the silver medal, 15 seconds back; today's medal was her second silver, going along with her silver in the sprint silver and relay bronze. Todorova again relied on her ski speed taking the bronze medal with two penalties, 48.4 seconds back. It was also her third medal to go along with individual silver and pursuit bronze.
Photos: Evgeny Thumashov