Pursuit Gold for Tannheimer, Gerhardsen, Grotian and Nevland

Julia Tannheimer has achieved the Youth Women Sprint-Pursuit double at the Youth Junior World Championships in Shchuchinsk while Sivert Gerhardsen claims gold in the Youth Men Pursuit. Selina Grotian equalled Tannheimer's feat in the Junior Women Pursuit while Martin Nevland soared to gold in the Junior Men Pursuit.

Tannheimer untouchable in Youth Women Pursuit

The 17-year-old German celebrated an overwhelming victory, missing four targets in total. Tannheimer never let go of the lead, winning with a huge margin of 1:43 minutes ; her team- and roomate Julia Kink added a silver medal to her collection of now five medals in total. Maren Brannare-Gran (NOR) climbed from fifth place in the sprint to bronze; her third medal in Shchuchinsk after winning Mixed Relay and Relay medals.

I was so happy, I never thought I could win two times - it's so exciting! (Julia Tannheimer)

Gerhardsen comes through in the final standing shooting

The Youth Men Pursuit was a close-fought battle. Gerhardsen, silver medalist Albert Engelmann (GER) and bronze medalist Arttu Heikkinen (FIN) all managed a clean final standing shooting, passing Kalkenberg (NOR) and Legovic (CRO) who were the Top 2 after the sprint. Sivert Gerhardsen cruised to his fifth medal of the World Championships, Engelmann bounced back with Silver while Heikkinen held off Kalkenberg on the last loop.

It has been fantastic Championships. I'm very proud of myself that I managed to take my fifth medal today. When I got up today, I thought to myself "I have an individual silver and bronze, so I have to go for the gold today!" (Sivert Gerhardsen)

Grotian's Start-Finish Victory

Selina Grotian (GER) has claimed her fourth gold medal of Shchuchinsk with a start-finish victory in the Junior Women Pursuit. The 18-year-old recovered from missing the first two shots of the competition in prone and steadied herself, missing only two more targets in total in standing.

"I'm a bit disappointed with my shooting here in Kazakhstan, also throughout the season. I wanted to end up with a clean shooting but nevertheless I'm very happy that I got the win today" (Selina Grotian)

France's Jeanne Richard completed a silver strike in Shchuchinsk by finishing second - leaving the Youth Junior World Championships with five silver medals out of five competitions. Tuva Aas Straete (NOR) jumped from 8th in the sprint to 3rd place, missing only one target in the final standing stage.

Nevland's Pursuit Hattrick

Junior Men Pursuit winner Martin Nevland (NOR) successfully defended his gold from Solider Hollow last year with an 18/20 performance at the range. Nevland quickly caught up with sprint winner Campbell Wright (NZL) who missed three targets in prone (and a further five in standing, relegating him back into 6th place) and soared ahead of the field at the halfway stage of the competition.

"I was looking for revenge for the last days and I was really looking forward to the race. I'm really satisfied" (Martin Nevland)

Einar Hedegart and Trym Gerhardsen completed the perfect pursuit for Norway, finishing with silver and bronze respectively.

Pictures: Yevenko/IBU

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