The 18-year-old German found herself circling the penalty loop once in the prone and the standing shooting but her fast shooting times combined with the fastest track time helped her make up for the missed targets. Despite the extra 300m, Grotian celebrated an overwhelming victory, finishing almost a minute ahead of the rest of the field.
"I'm more than happy. I can't believe it. My skiing was so good, I didn't expect it to be so good - I was feeling very tired before the race" (Selina Grotian)
Jeanne Richard added to her medal collection, winning silver today, finishing 52 seconds behind Grotian in second position. The Frenchwoman reclaimed the 5 seconds she lost to Sweden's Sara Andersson in the standing shooting on the final loop.
Andersson's bronze medal, 54 seconds behind Grotian, is her first of the Youth Junior World Championships, after winding up just outside the podium in the previous three competitions.
"Honestly, last year I shot very bad on the last shooting and it cost me the race, and I just told myself "Campbell, if you muck up Junior World Champs again..." - yeah, I just didn't wanna muck up cause it's not a nice feeling." (Campbell Wright)
Wright was joined on the podium by Jan Gunka in second place, who also hit all 10 targets. It is the Pole's first medal in Shchuchinsk, adding to his two medals in Obertilliach in 2021.
Maxime Germain's bronze medal comes just after the US Junior men already had a career day coming fourth in the Junior Men Relay. The American missed one target in prone but held off Einar Hedegart to finish on the podium, 46 seconds behind Wright's winning time. Wright will be carrying a comfortable 35-second advantage over Gunka into tomorrow's pursuit which will be the final competition day in Shchuchinsk.