Antonin Guy and Alma Siegismund win youth individual

Only one miss in 20 shots and the gold medal. A perfect day for Antonin Guy from France and Alma Siegismund from Germany in the singles at the IBU Youth World Championships in Otepaa.

At the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon in January, Antonin Guy was already at the top of the podium in the individual. Now he was able to repeat this triumph at the World Championships. He laid the foundation for his victory at the shooting range. With only one missed target after 20 shots, he was one of the best at the shooting range on the day. Only Pavel Trojer and Remo Burch from Switzerland achieved an equally good result. This is Antonin Guy's second gold medal at these championships. He also won gold with his team in the mixed relay.

Norway wins next medal

Kasper Kalkenberg put in an impressive performance on the course and finished in second place, just nine seconds behind the winner Guy. He missed two targets. This is his second medal in an individual race at the World Youth Championships. He previously won the gold medal in the sprint at the 2022 championships in Kazakhstan. Pavel Trojer secures the bronze medal. This is his best placing in the IBU Junior Cup. For the Finn Jimi Klemettinen it is also the best placing of his career. He finished fourth, 1:10 minutes behind the winner.

Perfect shooting under difficult conditions

For Alma Siegismund, it was the first World Championship gold medal of her career. In windy conditions at the shooting range, she kept her nerve and only missed one shot out of 20. Second place went to Ilona Plechacova from Czechia. She was 40 seconds behind the winning time, partly because she missed two targets. This is Plechacova's second precious metal at these World Championships after her bronze medal in the mixed relay. Just like Antonin Guy, she won the individual event at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon. The fastest on the track today was Voldiya Galmace Paulin from France. However, with five misses she was unable to fight for victory.

Dedicated team performance for Germany and the Czech Republic

In addition to Alma Siegismund, Melina Gaupp in fifth place and Sophie Patz in tenth place also made it into the top 10 and ensured a good team result for the German athletes. Two athletes from the Czech team also made it into the top ten. Alongside Ilona Plechacova, Heda Mikolasova finished in seventh place.

On Sunday, the junior individual medals will be awarded in Otepaa.

Photos: IBU I Osula

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