The Russian biathletes were expected to repeat the success of the men in the sprint at the fifth stage of the World Cup in Oberhof. Hours earlier, Alexander Loginov won a gold medal, two more biathletes entered the top 10. But the race did not work out for the Russians – MK-Sport summed up the results.
Biathlon is back after Christmas with the fifth stage of the World Cup in Oberhof. After the men’s sprint, the mood of the Russian fans was excellent : Alexander Loginov won the first individual medal for the Russian national team in the Olympic season, Anton Babikov came in sixth, Daniil Serokhvostov – eighth. From women who have already managed to please with a good shape this season, they expected a repeat of success. But the race, despite the fact that the weather conditions in Oberhof after a snowfall in the men’s sprint, did not work out.
The race of two shooting ranges, unfortunately, is not a crown distance for Russian women. The wind blew on the shooting range, which, by the way, interfered not only with ours. But it was also hard for biathletes from Russia on the track – Christina Reztsova was the first to admit this, according to the results she became the best Russian woman in the sprint:
“It was incredibly difficult. From the very morning a heavy head – or the weather is changing … This season has not yet had a race, so that it was hard from the start. I knew that I was walking well, but the inner state did not allow me to work out. I endured from the very beginning, but at the end there was no more strength.
Sometimes you twist yourself, but today I could not increase the pace. As they say, crawled to the finish line. She approached the counter and could not breathe, although there was a long straight line. The misses are absolutely not due to the wind. Thank God that there is speed with such a poor state of health, I stay close. Hopefully it will be easier. “
Apparently, Ulyana Nigmatullina also had a “heavy head” , who received a two-minute penalty for driving one penalty loop instead of two. The punishment significantly pushed Nigmatullina out of the pursuit race. After the competition, Ulyana herself asked forgiveness from the coaches and fans for her mistake.
“Damn, this is strange to me – I usually count circles normally. I was sure that I ran two – I don’t know why it happened. I don’t know how. It was absolutely normal for me. When I ran, it seemed to me that I ran everything. Probably, during the race I subjectively assessed the situation. Apologies to everyone for ruining the race. First of all, in front of the coaches. “
Svetlana Mironova, although she showed one of the fastest works at the turn, made three mistakes. And again she was far behind.
“Today we didn’t manage to work well at the borders. You can see for yourself – the wind, there was fog at sighting. In general, the condition is good. I will improve, ”Mironova said after the race.
The women’s sprint in Oberhof could have ended in tragedy: German biathlete Anna Weidel injured her leg, losing balance in one of the cutoffs of the distance. The athlete could not leave the fall zone for a long time, and, surrounded by doctors, left the track, outside of which an ambulance was waiting for her.
Biathlon World Cup, (Oberhof) Germany
1. Marte Ulsby-Roiseland (Norway) – 23.30.1 (1)
2-3. Anna Sola (Belarus) – 7.1 (2)
2-3. Julia Simon (France) – 7.1 (1) …
7.Kristina Reztsova (Russia) – 26.6 (2) …
24. Valeria Vasnetsova (Russia) – 1.17.4 (2) …
30. Irina Kazakevich (Russia) – 1.22.7 (2) …
33.Svetlana Mironova (Russia) – 1.25.3 (3) …
82. Uliana Nigmatullina (Russia) – 3.20.7 (3) …
86. Anastasia Shevchenko (Russia) – 3.33.9 (3).
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